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Women’s preservation of Oral Culture in Imilchil: The Festival of Marriage as a Case Study

Feminist Research

Siham FADIL

2(2018)

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Feminist oral history , Women , Orality , Amazigh poems , Proverbs , Morocco , Imilchil

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Moroccan women, like others in different parts of the world, contribute to the education of generations and the transmission of the oral heritage through tales, poems and proverbs riddles. They also uphold the physical heritage such as clothes, textile and jewellry. Since the intangible and oral heritage in Morocco varies from one area to another, focus will be put on the Imilchil area, where the festival of marriage is held. Women in this region play a key role in preserving the Amazigh cultural heritage. They are educators and models that guide the coming generations and reinforce their identity.

The Amazigh culture is largely expanded in Morocco and consists of creative patterns that reflect the Amazigh life and women were very significant in preserving this culture that talks about a memory that stores the habits and traditions of Moroccans life.

Women's transmission of Poetry in the region of Imilchil has an educational and historical functions.

The Amazigh proverbs are presented as independent statements of discrimination of women and the domination of men.

Folktales and legends are the remnants of ancient beliefs. The legend of Isli and Tislit is one of these tales that gives birth to the festival of marriage in Imilchil that is a real theatre of oral cultural values.

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