The loss of Amazigh cultural heritage: The case of marriage rituals among Ayt Merghad

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  • Fatima Gaddar Mohammed V University in Rabat- EST, Salé

DOI :

https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.r2l-v28.44187

Mots-clés :

Culture loss, Amazigh culture, modernization, urbanization, marriage rituals

Résumé

During the last decades, Morocco has embarked on a proactive process of development which has resulted in profound mutations in the Moroccan culture in general and the Amazigh one in particular. The state of marriage rituals in the Ayt Merghad community today provides evidence for the changes that the Amazigh culture has undergone. From an ethnographic perspective, this paper addresses the gradual loss of Amazigh culture in the Ayt Merghad community with a special focus on marriage as one of the most significant rites of passage. The study provides an account of the traditional marriage rituals in this tribal group, bringing to the fore the major changes these rites have witnessed during the last decades. The study also tries to determine the factors behind the abandoning of most of the customs and practices related to this rite of passage. To address the above-mentioned issues, two data collection techniques were used, namely participant observation and in-depth interviews. The data analysis has revealed the major transformations this rite of passage has witnessed in the post-independence era. The findings of the study have also uncovered the forces that have reshaped these practices and transformed them into their current state.

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03-11-2023

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