La vie berbère par les textes

La vie berbère par les textes

La vie berbère par les textes

ISBN 978-3-89645-923-7

La vie berbère par les textes

Parlers du sud-ouest marocain (tachelhit) – Ethnographic texts re-edited, translated into English by John Cooper

Compiled by: Arsène Roux †. Translated by: John Cooper. Collected by: John Cooper. Edited by: John Cooper. Series edited by: Harry Stroomer.

Series: BS Berber Studies Volume 23

12 pp. Roman, 223 pp.
Text language(s): English
Format: 170 x 240 mm
410 g
€ 49.80

The French berberologist Arsène Roux (1893–1971) dedicated a great part of his life to the study of the Berber languages of Morocco. The ethnographic text collection La vie berbère together with four other compilations makes up a series of compendia assembled and annotated by Roux and intended as study material for scholars of the Moroccan Berber languages. In 1955, this compilation was published as volume I of the series Collection de textes berbères marocains by Éditions Larose in Paris. The newly edited first part of this publication contains original texts of the Berber language varieties of the Souss plain and the Anti-Atlas as well as of the region around Marrakech. They treat of the material sphere of the life of the Berber people of Southwest Morocco.

Everyday life of this ethnic group is reflected in discussions and monologues treating of topics such as traditional homesteads, clothing, agriculture and animal husbandry. Artisanry and trade with surrounding peoples are as important in this ethnographic study as views on the weather, occurrences of sickness and death and life philosophies in general. This publication presents a first time translation into English. The linguistic footnotes by Roux are amended by further comments of the editors and translators. The areas of life described here include:


Chapter I: Habitation

1. Where the Ishelhayn live / 2. Habitation in the Region of the Ikounka / 3. Construction of a House / 4. Sinking of a Well in the Region of the Ikounka

Chapter II: Clothes

5. Clothing of the Ishelhayn of the Tribe of the Ikounka / 6. Clothing of the Women in the Sous / 7. Clothing

Chapter III: Food

8. Milling / 9. Couscous / 10. Some Meals of the Ayt Brayyim / 11. Some Meals of the Ashtuken / 12. Some Meals of the Igedmiwen / 13. + 14. Edible Fats / 15. Ishelhayn Drinks / 16. Ishelhayn Meals / 17. Preparation (of Food) in the Sous 18. Meals and Cooking in the Mountains of the Igedmiwen

Chapter IV: Illnesses

19. Illnesses / 20. Rabid Dog

Chapter V: The Weather

21. Aphorisms / 22. The Four Seasons of the Year / 23. The Cold, the Rain and the Snow / 24. Spring / 25. Prayer for Rain

Chapter VI: Agriculture

26. + 27. Ploughing / 28. Harvest / 29. Threshing / 30. Red Maize / 31. Argan Fruit / 32. Prickly Pears / 33. Gardens / 34. Planting of Turnips and Carrots / 35. Planting of Onions / 36. Potatoes / 37. Hemp / 38. Description of Enclosed Gardens / 39. Cultivation of Almonds / 40. Cultivation of Olives

Chapter VII: Animal Husbandry

41. Livestock of the Ashtuken of the Sous / 42. Livestock of the Ashtuken / 43. Livestock of the Ayt Brayyim / 44. Livestock – Hens / 45. Bees

Chapter VIII: Trades

46. Blacksmiths / 47. Blacksmithing / 48. Shoe Making / 49. The Blacksmith and the Carpenter / 50. The Carpenter Also / 51. Charcoal Production / 52. Weaving

Chapter IX: Commerce

53. The Souk [market] / 54. The Souk at the Ayt Brayyim / 55. Moussems / 56. Jurisdictions in the Fairs

Chapter X: The Hunt

57. Wild Animals / 58. Wild Animals in the Region of the Ashtuken / 59. Hunting / 60. The Ishelhayn Hunt

Chapter XI: Description of the Countryside

61. Tiznit / 62. The Azaghar (plain) / 63. The Region of the Igedmiwen

Chapter XII: Types of Life

64. People of the Hills and of the Plains / 65. The Work of the People of the House

Not only of interest to linguists and berberologists, even more than 50 years after ist first publication this ethnographic description of traditional Berber culture in Morocco still is a major enrichment for cultural sciences in general and the Oriental studies especially.

Under these links you will find further editions of Berber texts with English or French translations, including a catalogue of all manuscripts of the « Fonds Arsène Roux », a studybook of Taschelhit, as well as ethnographic text editions of Central and Southwest Morocco:

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