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Wa'da (mawssim) and the Bedouin Heritage in Algeria

Abstract : Focusing on playful celebrations, the aim of this article is to shed light on the renewal of wacdat (mawssims—annual festivals of the local saint patrons) in Algeria. Like rituals in Europe, wacdat have recently been and are still today under a process of revitalization. On the basis of an inquiry led in West Algeria, the author analyses the evolution and impact of such feasts on local and national identities. The survey shows the importance of playful celebrations and aesthetic pleasure during the feast and explains how and why the wacdat promotes particularly the Bedouin heritage and also tourism.
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Yazid Hounet. Wa'da (mawssim) and the Bedouin Heritage in Algeria. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, 2008, 18 (1), pp.139-156. ⟨halshs-02543910⟩

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