Friday, July 29, 2011

Chamharouch : The king of jinns

Sidi (Saint) Chamharouch is a name of the sultan of the jinns (King of Devils). It is located at 2350m altitude halfway on the trail of Imlil to Refuge Toubkal Les Mouflons. It is a group of small shops (boutiques, Maurs caf├ęs, rooms,...) that surround a big white stone (painted white) under which it was built a sort of mausoleum with a so-called tomb of the King of jinns (Chamharouch).


It is a well known place and frequented by Moroccan people and tourists. Superstitious and uncultivated families bring their patients suffering from mental diseases (crises epileptics, hysterical, crisis of nerves,...) and slaughter a sheep, a goat or a chicken as an offering that depends on the degree of the disease with a prejudice that the patient is haunted by Devils “that forces them” come to make the pilgrimage to their King with the aim to be released and cured.

Hikers resort there in order to take a rest and drink the Berber tea or hang out in the handicrafts shops before continuing their ascent of the jbel Toubkal at 4167m of altitude, the culmination of Toubkal National Park as well as the North Africa.

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