Popular Tales

It is obvious that tales are a result of human gatherings. The Sahara is an adequate atmosphere for imagination and narration. In the Sahara, stories depict the eternal battle between good and evil where the protagonist enters in conflict with creatures belonging to some strange worlds such as the world of djinns.

The hero of the story is present in the tent, and can be embodied in animals belonging to the Saharan environment (Gazelles, snakes, hyenas, wolves), as he may be embodied in some imaginary animals inspired by the desert (Niroubah, Chartat).

Night time remains the appropriate moment for telling stories to make children sleep or for entertaining. Telling hassani stories requires narrative skills, fluency and accuracy in giving the message…
Most of the time, the narrator is an aged man or woman known for his or her narrative capacities and
the ability to memorize the stories texts by using the hassani tongue.

Imaginary stories (Chartat) are widespread in the Sahara. Some stories say that (Chartat) was a human being living in the Sahara and used to move from one place to another while others believe that he was a half-human half-animal creature who astonished whomever he met.

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