¾ Kv}ÀÇ^where one man and one women are alone together, there will be a
third present t ZÀ]o_~26). To be culturally respectful she tried to avoid being alone with one
man (though most women did not find her as great a threat due to her small body proportions
and offered their teenage brothers to her) and also adorned proper bodily coverage.
¾ She found It heart to convey the nature of her work to the woman there who had hardly seen
books, other than the Koran, or went to school or left their villages.
Status and Change
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daily lives and duties, family is everything. dZÇuZ]}(^Z}Ç[}vv}
and a dependency on a world of subtle forces, hidden intentions, sneaky spirits and secret
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and complementary as possible, and that the tension between them is one of principle driving
¾ Men are more in interaction with the modernizing world than woman and are familiar with
routes, whereas woman are becoming more confined and are less aware of the outside world.
¾ ^µoµo}vÀ]]}vXXv}]oÇÁÇÇZvP]vvUZsence of
continuance of beliefs such as fattening because the ideas that uphold them do not change.
¾ The Azagwagh Arabs are both remote and global t ^dZÇZÀoÁÇv}(oP
Chapter 2: Getting fat
Travelers and explorers, 1352-1936
¾ Ibn Battuta in 1352 noted among the Berber people living at the modern day border of Mali and
mentoned the use of a drink called deqnu (which sounds similar to deghnu drank by the
Azagwahs) used in the diet of the peopling neighboring the Bardama people.
¾ Mungo Park took note in the 18th century of efforts taken to fatten young girls, in which mothers
forced them to eat
¾ Rene Caillie noted the use of slaves to beat girls among the Moors who refused to take in the
portions of food to make them fat.
¾ Tuareg women follow such principles, that larger woman are beautiful, and employ such
methods of using plants made to fatten animals to season their meaUoÇ]vP^µvovl}
¾ Beautiful wives in Mauritannia were comp}^P}l]vl(µoo}(u]ol_~ïòX
French colonial officials in Azawagh