As I said, quite a few films were shot here. Wikipedia has a list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...t_A%C3%AFt_Benhaddou Ouarzazate is the centre of Morocco's film industry. We actually visited one of the studios - but Ait-Ben-Haddou is far more interesting.
Excellent photos of a tradition I knew nothing about ! It's in events like weddings that we see how much our customs vary. In the UK there's an outcry - when a family of Asian origin return from vacation with their 13 year old daughter married to an older man. And legally not acceptable. I remember when I was kid, hearing stories of how English fathers were keen to get their daughters married off too. Tales from around 1900 I suppose!
I'm planning to go back to Marrakesh and 'beyond' for a 10 day photo shoot in October and will try to find out whether the Bride Fair still runs. The young girls resplendent in their rouged-cheek make up were so pretty and with their enormous amber beads were virtual "dolls" and I would love to go back and see it all again.
GarryRF raises an interesting point about how our perceptions change and differ on the age of "maturity." In Jewish tradition, a boy at 13 becomes an adult, and in older times could hold property and begin to form a family; today, the ceremony remains, but no one believes the boy has become a man. Louis XIII of France became king at 8; he assumed full power at 15, then the age of majority. His son, Louis XIV, followed the same path; at 15 he returned from exile during the revolt of the...
Dear Gurus and Travel Gumbo friends, I beg your indulgence. Our friend and colleague contributor PortMoresby started me searching through some veeerrry old photos upon which I came upon these that I would like to share with you. I must firstly...
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