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    Willaya of Laghouat
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Laghouat Transportation

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    Road sign in Laghouat

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2007

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    On the main street in the city, a road signs warns about the distances southwards :
    Ghardaïa, 190 km
    El-Goléa, 450 km
    In-Salah, 850 km
    Tamanrasset, 1,600 km
    And last but not least,
    Capetown, 13,000 km

    If you plan to go all the way south, do not forget gas, water, food ... and passports!

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Laghouat Local Customs

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    Gun

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2007

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    A third instrument accompanies the dance. It is not a musical instrument but … a gun! It is obviously a very old gun. The man pours some black powder inside the gun, then he adds pieces of paper and packs hard with a rod. Once there is enough, e shoots in the air and there is a rain of small parts of paper falling on every one! Kind of confettis! Moreover, the noise made by the gun warns those that are further that there is a show going on.

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    Bendir players 2 more images

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2007

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    The dancers are accompanied by the ghaita and bendir. The bendir is made of a goatskin taut on a wooden frame made with the wood of the "micocoulier" (Celtis integrifolia ), local species of Nettle Tree also known as Hackberry or Lote Tree

    The ghaïta is difficult to see on the second photo. I have enlarged it (third photo). It is a kind of oboe.

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    Ouled Na��l dancers 1 more image

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2007

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    On the one hand, women living in Laghouat are heavily veiled but on the other hand, Ouled Naïl woman coming from the nearby Monts des Ouled Naïl are well known as unveiled dancers. Their dance has nothing to do with belly dancing, which is traditionally practiced in the Orient and not in the Maghreb. There are usually two women that dance together, face to face. The audience gives banknotes that they slide into their waist belt.

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Laghouat Favorites

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    Sahara

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Just south to Laghouat, driving to Ghardaïa, this is the beginning of the true desert. The landscape is made of hills half stony, half sandy, standing on a reg made of small stones that hide more or less the sand that show as soon as there is some wind, which happens most of the time!.

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