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Couscous is the common Berber cultural heritage of North Africa

Thursday – February 4, 2021 – 19:26

The controversy continues on social networks concerning the Amazigh “Berber” cultural heritage common to all the countries of North Africa, especially in terms of food, clothing, and many other identifiers, that each people wants to link its borders. without the others.

The controversy prevails popularly between the different countries, but it remains stronger among Moroccans and Algerians, who also raise the question at the governmental level, but it remains far from the historical and anthropological studies whose owners are far from the battle of a political nature. and popular.

Despite the fierce clash, the countries of North Africa submitted a joint request for the inclusion of couscous as a World Heritage Site by “UNESCO”, to which they responded, to become the famous dish which most Moroccan tables do not. are not without in a Friday lunch with Berber “Amazigh nationality” and not Moroccan as the Moroccans wished.

A professor-researcher in historical and anthropological studies, reported that this conflict that floats on the surface between the Algerian regime and Morocco, about certain cultural and civilizational phenomena and customs that each country seeks to give it a specific identity, has a relationship with the commune between all the countries of North Africa.

He added, in a statement that everyone is an ancient civilizational commonality resulting from the common history of all these countries, as it crosses the political borders that France made during the occupation period, stressing that the history of cooking, nutrition and food contributed to this. by peoples since ancient times.

“To talk about these Amazigh” Berber “customs, you have to open the door to specialize in history and anthropology, not to the politician”, he says, explaining that “the subject requires a precise knowledge of the subjects; Seksou” Couscous ” , tajine, and clothing are cultural forms of the Amazigh Maghreb which distinguish the Tamazgha “North Africa” countries from the East.

It was more appropriate, according to the researcher in history, to speak of a common, plural and diverse Amazigh “Berber” identity. “The tagine, for example, is linked to another, deeper problem, which is the pottery industry which has been characteristic of North Africa since ancient history.” He added: “Recent excavations have confirmed that the earliest use of pottery was in the camel cave on the outskirts of the town of Berkan, as well as in Tafoghalt.” in the Ait Iznasen region.

He concluded that “to speak of the common“ Berber ”Amazigh cultural and civilizational question questions scientific research mainly in specific areas of knowledge on which it is supposed to be based to build a common identity, and not to exploit this articulation in a competition policy ”, as he said.

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