MARRAKECH: THE JEMAẬ-EL-FNA: PART 1
By Jade’s visit in 1920 (The Serpent’s Daughter), the public plaza was free of salted and drying heads stuck up on posts, but it was still a lively place and the heart of the city. Part marketplace, part entertainment center, the square bustled all day, maintaining its liveliness even after the city gates closed for the night.
Storytellers held their audience captive with long tales of jinni and wild adventures. Snake charmers worked with asps and cobras, jugglers performed, and vendors hawked foods and goods. Edith Wharton visited the square in 1917 to see young Chleuh boys dance. These youths were members of a Berber tribe, famous in her time for their stately dancing.
NEXT WEEK: THE JEMAẬ-EL-FNA: PART 2 (and another video)