Cry Me a River — or, Two Moroccan Lakes

Yesterday we met the Imilchil Marriage Festival, which we take a moment to enjoy — albeit very metaphorically — in class. How did the festival begin? According to legend in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, two young people from different Berber tribes near Imilchil fell in love but their families forbade them from marrying. In their grief they cried themselves to death, creating the companion lakes of Isli (his) and Tislit (hers) separated for eternity by a mountain. Their families honored the anniversary of their death by creating the Marriage Festival during which members of local tribes can meet, make just the right match, and, to everyone’s joy, plan to marry.