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Tales of folk beliefs in Tebessa, Algeria: The example of The Mulberry Tree
Tales of folk beliefs in Tebessa, Algeria: The example of The Mulberry Tree
Issue 55

Dr Buqahaf Sabrinah 

Lecturer in Folk Literature

University of Tebessa, Algeria 

Folk literature is typically characterised as literature created by an individual whose identity is merged with that of the group to which he belongs in order to represent the group's concerns, hopes and sufferings in a fantastic literary style. Our paper examines the origins and historical roots of various doctrinal practices in the region studied while addressing the following:

  • What exactly does the term folk belief imply?
  • What are the origins and fundamentals of ideological practices in the area of study?
  • What are Tebessa's geographical and historical characteristics?
  • The relationships between the story and the collective beliefs
  • The Tebessa region's folk beliefs and historical foundations, using ‘The Mulberry Tree’ as an example

This study aims to discover the true origins of our doctrinal practices, which stem mostly from primitive nature-based religions that early humans believed and embraced out of fear or in order to secure the approval of the gods.