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It was a very difficult picture, not in a technical sense, but as i was holding up my camera to make a photograph of these beautiful costumes that the women from the Mozabi society wear (The Amazigh Muslim people who established their city nearly one thousand years ago around the valleys of Ghardaia, in Algerian desert). I suddenly heard tires and breaks sounds and men standing out of their cars shouting at me and nearly attacking me, and as i understood later, pointing cameras at people was prohibited and especially at women. Despite this unfortunate event, i was told that this mystic dress has been wore for centuries, not only covering the shapes of the woman according to the Muslim tradition, but also serving as a code, as if a woman covers her whole body but her face, it means that she's waiting for a husband, and if her whole body is covered but only one eye (to still manage to see) it means that she is married.

Apart from this cultural aspect, the Mizab valley is a testimony of the genius of these societies in terms of architecture, communities and wealth management for the well being of all.

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