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" Plus belle qu'une troupe de faons... ". L'imaginaire de la beauté chez les Touareg

Abstract : The Tuareg, a nomadic Berber-speaking people in central Sahara, establish a special link between human beauty and everything in nature that grows, turns green, and blossoms. To be salutary, physical beauty needs to be taken good care of in a variety of ways in terms of food, cosmetics, and clothing such as, for instance, going on a milk diet, turning one's skin blue with indigo or wearing clothes in two contrasting colours. These practices are meant to keep the right balance between the two sides of beauty--both destructive and creative, hot and cold, ephemeral and permanent, masculine and feminine. For indeed, what is both beautiful and good is not inborn : it has to be conquered.
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Hélène Claudot-Hawad. " Plus belle qu'une troupe de faons... ". L'imaginaire de la beauté chez les Touareg. Studi Maghrebini, 2011, pp.51-64. ⟨halshs-00649402⟩



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