0095 The Carnival in Tiznit (Mor 006—revisit)
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Next day I feel it'd be nice to take my brother-in-law, Youssef on a short road trip--so we head off Thursday afternoon to the grand taxi station... Turns out the Essaouira taxi doesn’t leave from there.
"How about Tafraute?" I suggest... so off to Tafraute we do...
It’s getting a bit late when we arrive in Tiznit--so we decide to wander around a bit and maybe stay the night there.
Just happened to be that the carnival is going on at that time (I forget what it’s called). As music plays and a man chant in a sing song voice, folks in sheepskin and other costumes--a tree costume, a double-man camel costume, etc... then the guys in sheepskin break out into the crowd, chasing people and (playfully) whipping them--kind of like what goes on after Eid Kbir.
Afterwards, we go outside the medina walls to find a quiet place to parkbench... find a nice spot and met some good folks there.
One thing I notice very quickly in Tiznit was that I don't win anybody's heart by speaking in Arabic--Arabic is definitely the language of outsiders here. And you will not hear anything but Berber music coming out of the various shops in the market. It's actually quite a comforting feeling... because I know how peace-loving the Tashlhit culture is.