Friday, January 19, 2007

Joha al-Marrakechi loose in Tindouf

According to the teaching assistant in my Arabic class, there's a character in Arab folklore named Joha who tricks everybody. He's like the Middle East and North Africa's Brer Rabbit, or better, its Asterix.

In one story, Joha tricks his neighbor into giving him a big pot. He borrows the guy's pot, and when he gives it back there's a little pot inside it. When his neighbor asks what the deal is, Joha says the pot gave birth. Later, he borrows the big pot again but doesn't give it back. His neighbor asks where the pot is, and Joha says, "Your pot died in childbirth."

In another story, Joha 'al-Marrakechi' meets Joha 'al-Baghdadi'. I realized there's another trickster from Marrakech, but instead of his neighbors, he tricks entire nations and the United Nations. It's Mohammed Abdelaziz!

Since this epiphany, I've done a lot of research on Western Sahara Online, MarocPost, and the Moroccan-American Center for Policy. Judging from their information, I've come to the conclusion that Mohammed Abdelaziz doesn't just share a city with Joha--he is Joha. I urge Morocco to attack Tindouf immediately and get their pot back.

4 comments:

  1. Will, are you sure you're just 19?

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  2. Anonymous8:59 AM

    thank you very much,i need the end of this story and I'd like more stories about joha

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  3. Anonymous7:44 AM

    thank you so much

    مرسي

    algerie

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  4. Anonymous9:17 AM

    im moroccan and that was awesome yes i think we should attack tindouf

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