Marabout

  • Traditions

A marabout is a revered place, referring to a building topped with a dome, where the tomb of a male or female ascetic is located. This person, during their lifetime, possessed special merits and virtues (such as being an Imam, religious teacher, traditional healer, etc.), often related to Islam or Muslim syncretism. Considered as holy men or holy women, marabouts are the object of popular worship and hold a special place in the collective consciousness of many Moroccans. Commonly known as “wali” or “cherif,” these patron saints sometimes lend their name to a locality, village, or city and provide protection and blessings.

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These marabouts are often attached to places of worship called “zaouias,” where thousands of faithful gather and commune each year.

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The practice of seeking the blessings of marabouts is gradually fading away, as evidenced by the significant number of visitors who come for intimate confessions at the sanctuaries of numerous saints in the region, including Sidi Boujmâa Agnaou, Lalla Yamena, Lalla Fatima Ouembark, and Moulay Ahmed, among others.

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