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3. Histoire, mythe et oralité

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Let this be clear: the historical data regarding the saint's life are very rare, almost non-existent, and uncertain. In this chapter, the author refrains from the theoretical discussion about what could be the real history of the saint. The socio-political use of writing relegates the orality to the status of out of text (and out of context) which, for rising to the level of genuine say, needs a writing that historicizes him. The house certainly contained many valuable manuscripts that disappeared after the murder of owner. But is there anything among them written on Ben Yeffu? This is probably a myth that explains the absence of saint in the books of history. The story chronicles various decisive episodes in the life of saint, since its release from the Moroccan desert to the foundation of his Zawiya in the Doukkala region. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: myth; orality; saint's life; saint's real history; valuable manuscripts; Zawiya



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