Who has not found the Heaven — below
Will fail of it above —
For Angels rent the House next ours,
Wherever we remove —
(1830 - 1886)
Tko Nebo ne otkri ovdje... — Who has not found the Heaven
© 2007 photo by Carmen Ezgeta: Berberska kuca; Tunis; listopad 2007.
Berber Village; Tunisia; Africa; October, 2007
© Copyright: graphic arts; animation & design by Carmen Ezgeta
© 2006 prepjev: Drazen Dragovic
Pjesma je uvrstena u knjigu odobranih pjesma Emily Dickinson: 'Tise Od Sna';
uredio, priredio i preveo Drazen Dragovic; izdavac: Modernist nakladnistvo, Varazdin, 2008.; 184 str.; dvojezicno izdanje
The Berbers lived in north Africa long before the arrival of the Arabs, and their culture probably dates back more than 4,000 years.
Berber states known as Mauritania and Numidia existed in classical times.
Between the 11th and 13th centuries, two great Berber dynasties - the Almoravids and the Almohads - controlled large parts
of Spain, as well as north-west Africa. Today, there are substantial Berber populations in Morocco and Algeria,
plus smaller numbers in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. In Morocco, about 40% acknowledge a Berber identity,
though many more have Berber ancestry.
Berbers are identified primarily by language but also by traditional customs and culture - such as the distinctive music and dances.
There is a tendency in Morocco to regard the Berbers as backward,
partly because their culture is strongest in the less-developed rural areas.
Many of the children in these regions drop out of school because they are taught in what, to them, is a foreign language - Arabic.
The language barrier often remains a problem throughout adult life, especially when dealing with officialdom.
Berber is not officially recognised in Morocco, though French (the old colonial language) is.
There was some pressure in 1996, when the constitution was being revised, to have Berber recognised.
There are a few Berber programmes on television - mainly as a token gesture. For more about this see the Berber manifesto.
Linguistically, Berber belongs to the Afro-Asiatic group, and has many dialects.
The three main dialects used in Morocco are Tachelhit, Tamazight and Tarifit.
Collectively, they are known as "shilha" in Arabic.
[ Emily Dickinson ]
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Tko Nebo ne otkri ovdje
Taj ga nece ni u Raju;
Andjeli u najam kuce
Pokraj nasih uzimaju.
muzika - music: Yanni
[ born Yiannis Chrysomallis,
Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης ]