As they play, “Boujeloud,” a naked man sewn into the skin of a slaughtered goat, dances wildly, vibrating and whirling among the crowd, beating them with two oleander branches as they run to get away. It is believed that women beaten with the sticks will become pregnant within the year. Boujeloud and the musicians feed off of one another–the music gets louder and more frenzied, while Boujeloud madly gyrates and hurls himself through the bonfire. Later, “Crazy Aisha” enters the circle, danced by a group of little boys dressed as women. Later, more dancers join the circle and are possessed by the music, becoming entranced by its erratic rhythms.
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