Qnat is a small village on the road between Beirut and Cedars, you pass by it after crossing Aabdine and before reaching Hadath el Jebbe. Unfortunately, or fortunately I am not sure, the road never crosses through the village itself, and I got used to watching it from above, while driving up the mountains or down.
Qnat became a center-point for me and my family; you know how when you’re driving from one area to another, you keep calling your parents to tell them you reached this area, and now crossing to another; Qnat became one of these on-the-road-points of recognition.
Until recently I never even thought of entering the village in itself, fearing that seeing the view from down there might be different from the beauty I usually see, and decided to keep it that way.
Nearly a year ago signs were added to each village, giving travelers a distance perspective from the point where they are to the point they want to reach (which is a new concept for these villages; and still we Lebanese managed to mix up some of these road signs); on Qnat’s sign a new phrase was added: “Qnat, fille des dieux” (daughter of the Gods); so I decided to research it but found nothing. Google and Wikipedia let me down on this one, there was no mention whatsoever of the name Qnat with any ancient gods.
I guess it’s just a way for the villagers to define their village; and I have to say watching it is quite beautiful; it feels like it just came out of a history book. Needless to say most villages in Lebanon have this effect on us, when looking at it from above, but once we seep through it we see the filth, the desperation, the everyday troubles, and the real face of the area.
I’m still thinking of roaming through it one of these days, but I haven’t got the guts to yet. Any advice on what to do?