Legendary Lovers

BERBER FESTIVAL – LegendHere’s a program from our archives.ambience: Moroccan music We’re listening to music from the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Here, every September, the Berber tribe known as the Ait Hdiddou holds a marriage festival. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Legend has it that centuries ago, a young Berber man and woman fell in love, but each belonged to families that were in the midst of a heated dispute. Not exactly the Montagues and the Capulets, but the same idea. Needless to say, the marriage was strictly opposed. And so the lovers committed suicide, and the tears that were shed for them formed two lakes that still grace the countryside here in the Atlas Mountains. The families reconciled and ever since this festival has been held every year during which a number of marriages are held. According to custom, the couple must take full year to decide whether they’re compatible. They can divorce at next year’s festival and try again.Thousands of visitors now come to Morocco every year to witness the Berber marriage festival, so many of the celebration’s traditional events have been obscured or seemingly buried by tourism. But in the music which is performed here, both officially and informally, you can still hear the spirit of a tradition that is undiluted and authentic . Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Science Foundation; I’m Jim Metzner. We’ve been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast.

Legendary Lovers

The origin of the Berber marriage festival lies in a story of doomed romance.
Air Date:10/04/2019
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BERBER FESTIVAL - LegendHere's a program from our archives.ambience: Moroccan music We're listening to music from the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Here, every September, the Berber tribe known as the Ait Hdiddou holds a marriage festival. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Legend has it that centuries ago, a young Berber man and woman fell in love, but each belonged to families that were in the midst of a heated dispute. Not exactly the Montagues and the Capulets, but the same idea. Needless to say, the marriage was strictly opposed. And so the lovers committed suicide, and the tears that were shed for them formed two lakes that still grace the countryside here in the Atlas Mountains. The families reconciled and ever since this festival has been held every year during which a number of marriages are held. According to custom, the couple must take full year to decide whether they're compatible. They can divorce at next year's festival and try again.Thousands of visitors now come to Morocco every year to witness the Berber marriage festival, so many of the celebration's traditional events have been obscured or seemingly buried by tourism. But in the music which is performed here, both officially and informally, you can still hear the spirit of a tradition that is undiluted and authentic . Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Science Foundation; I'm Jim Metzner. We've been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast.