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White garbed figure dancing on wet cloak-like garment on a flat rock, with other figures in distance.

"Weekly ritual at Ait Tfeqirt. Burnoose laundry day. For a Berber, washing the burnoose is a rite never entrusted to women. It is the only garment he personally launders, using no soap, only water, and the tremendous power of his pile-driver feet . . . The great flat rock upon which he appeared to dance was the traditional washing stone of his village. [Morocco, 1954.]" The World of Allah, pp. 54-55 and 263.