They have jealously guarded that secrecy in isolated mountain areas. In Lebanon, they dominate the Chouf Mountains, in Syria the Golan Heights, and in Israel they are in the hilly Galilee and the Golan.
Adapting to conflict
Their survival is in part due to political adaptability. They see no conflict in serving in opposing armies, for example.
"We don't have any political ambitions of our own. Wherever you find Druse, they are good citizens. They serve their country," said Yehayal Halibi, 54, who lives in Lebanon inside Israel's "security zone."