J. Cooper (ed.): Ethnographical Texts in Moroccan Berber (Dialect of the Anti-Atlas) [PDF]


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collected by Aki’o Nakano, translated and edited by John Cooper
Berber Studies vol. 50

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XXVI, 379 pp.
2 maps, 92 colour photos, 30 b/w photos, index

Text language: English

The ethnographical texts in the Berber language of the southernmost region of the Atlas mountains in Morocco have been collected, transcribed, translated and annotated by the editors during the years from 1977 to 2015. The texts comprise the following topics:

1. Food: Life, breakfast, lunch, supper, light snack, meal, bread, porridge, potage, barley mash, maize mash, food made from roasted barley, couscous, grain of couscous, semolina, couscous and whey, couscous with turnip leaves, almond paste, milk / fresh butter / clarified butter, tea, coffee, stew meat, dish of chicken and eggs, tripes, liver and heart, feet, head, brain, canned fish, maize, broad beans, lentil, chick-peas and cow-peas, noodle, potato, onion, carrot, sweet pepper and hot pepper, eggplant, tomato, local salad, turnip, pumpkin, olives, garlic, baby’s foot, meal at a circumcision ceremony, meal at funeral, shepherd’s lunch, lunch in the field, worker’s lunch, meal at home, cigarette / tobacco / hashish, impure food, milk / bread / couscous.

2. Clothes: Women’s winter dress, women’s summer dress, night dress, long shirt, clothes worn at cultivation and harvest time, baby’s clothes, what men war on the head, what women and girls wear on the head, shoes, urban and rural dresses, men’s and women’s dress at the wedding, groom’s and bride’s dress at the wedding, bag and dagger, shroud, coranic teacher’s clothes, worn out clothes, ornaments, chest box, ear-piercing, henna, kohl (mineral), hair, shamehair, mustache and beard, bath, washing of clothes, wool, loom, sewer on machine, diseases, popular medicament, serious wound or disease.

3. Habitation: Building of a house, our house in the country, sleeping room, small and large guest room, kitchen, room of barley and room of straw, toilet, rooftop, entrance, windows and doors, how to clean the house, hearth, baking oven, light, bushwood and firewood, place for firewood, charcoal, well, stone wall of the vegetable garden and the courtyard.

Further editions of ethnographic Berber texts have been published by us in the series Berber Studies, together with an English or French translation:

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