National Geographic : 1999 Nov
the Ait Hadiddou, believe repels jinn, or evil spirits. Conveying blessings and bittersweet good-byes, a mother plants a kiss on her daughter's knee (below) as she gives her in marriage to a man more than twice her age. After a time of seclusion following the ceremony, the girl will travel by mule to her husband's home. Once there, one of his female relatives lifts her off (left) so her feet don't touch the ground and risk evil spirits entering her body. Days of feasting weave into nights of singing and dancing for the bride, who has cap tured the liver-the Berber embodiment of love-of the man sworn to protect her.