Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, October 13, 2008

MOROCCO: INTO THE ATLAS –PART 11: MORE ON THE WOMEN OF MOROCCO

NOTE: The Serpent’s Daughter is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

While the Berber men had the open village areas for congregating and sharing news, the women had the well, their household hearth, and the springs or river. Men in Jade’s time (1920, The Serpent’s Daughter) would not have interfered with the women in their jobs, gathering wood and water, weaving, or washing. Consequently, the areas associated with these tasks had become areas for the women’s use. In the more remote villages these areas held a sacred note. Women left food or scraps of cloth tied to trees near springs as prayers for the water spirits, the good jinni who often revealed themselves as little turtles.

Instead of gathering to visit at the baths as the weathier Arab town women would have done, the women gathered at these other areas to visit. This included a good visit over laundry day by the river.


NEXT WEEK: A PARTING FAREWELL TO MOROCCO WITH SOME PHOTOGRAPHS.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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