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On the road to the sultan of the jinn

Imlil is at the base of the shrine called Sidi Shamharush, who was described a jinn. In the mountains just outside UltraTouristPooVortex Marrakesh we are still in ancient sorcerer’s mountains. Shamharush is the king of the unseen, the greatest of the jinn.
When I noticed that his tomb rests over a network of tiny waterfalls (that all have female names) I realized that his title of Sultan of the Jinn, would be realized in this geological feature.
Tantalizing to traveling correspondence table fetishists would be this - he is known as the King of the Jinn and his observance day is Jeudi, Jupiter’s Day. Waterfalls and groves were also named after women who could be beholden to Zeus. So, here you are in a little mountain village whose “Islamic Saint” almost surely has some connection to a Greek God (and earlier...).
A black bull was sacrificed every year at Shamharush’s shrine right up until the festival’s somewhat recent implosion
because of tribal/local/spiritual politics.

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  • Last visit to Imlil: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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