Secrets from the Sahara The ancient city of Kebili : A journey between the past, the present, and the future.
By : CoOL BuRn
Many writing and many studies about this small mysterious place. About its architecture design, about the proofs and fossils found in it of previous civilizations, mostly the Greek and the Roman civilizations, about its hidden treasures… but we still see no changes.
The ancient city of Kebili is one of the unique places in the world to visit, as a historic milestone or as a touristic area.
I love to go there. I sit and have a cup of home made coffee from a woman who decided to kind of stay there with her daughter from sunrise to sunset, eat the “Mtabga”, a meal i always ask mom to cook for me, and i start my amncipation.
I feel some kind of freedom there. I envy the people who lived or used to live there.
Tourists used to come to visit this ancient city in an excessive way, we assign people to narrate its history for them meanwhile so they can feel the spirit.
Mom knows some stories. She wasn’t born there but she lived there as she goes to visit her relatives and grandies and stays for weeks.
The way people lived there was so simple and lovely.
Weddings used to last for 6 days, 7 nights.. millstone wheat to cook loafs and food for the guests, night parties, wedding games… and the last night, they take the bride on a decorated Camel to her new home.
How a man choose his future wife is so interesting to know. There are two ways to do that, either he sees her in a celebration or in the market and then he sends his father to propose her from her father, or, some families used to nominate their girls in the age of 13 or 14 for someone as his future wife, til she grows up and she marry him. No harrasing, no lies and no problems that lead to divorce.
There used to be a considerable market in which locals sell their goods and handcrafts, also, traders come from Western North of Tunisia and from other countries on Camels loaded with wheat and barley to exchange them with dates and fodder and feed.
No TVs, no internet, kids used to make circles around grownups to listen to their stories, some stories were true, others were imaginary but funny.
Now imagine yourself in the ancient city of Kebili, looking at it, listening to how people used to live there, pictures rolling in your mind, isn’t it beautiful?…
Now imagine that infact, noone is there…..
That this treasure is vanishing and only few knows about it, or even worst, almost noone cares.. isn’t it painful?
Days of Nostalgia, a manifestation of 2 days organized by my association, a group of youths in an attempt to revive the ancient city of Kebili, introduce that history to the upcoming generations and to people from other countries. Last year, this manifestation witnessed a success. This year, we will make this manifestation in April and we will do better hopefully. I advise you all to come and visit, to live what you never lived before.
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