My first collection: Moroccan Fantasia

Hello everyone, I want to show you some photos from my first ever collection. It's about fantasia in Morocco.

Fantasia in Morocco #1

Wikipedia: Fantasia is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in the Maghreb performed during cultural festivals and to close Berber wedding celebrations. "Fantasia" is an imported name, the actual traditional term used is lab el baroud ("the gunpowder play").

Fantasia in Morocco #2

The performance consists of a group of horse riders, all wearing traditional clothes, who charge along a straight path at the same speed so as to form a line, and then at the end of the charge (about two hundred meters) fire into the sky using old muskets or muzzle-loading rifles.

Fantasia riders in Morocco

The difficulty of the performance is in synchronizing the movement of the horses during acceleration of the charge, and especially in firing the guns simultaneously so that one single shot is heard. The horse is referred to as a fantasia horse and is of the type called a Barb or Berber horse.

Decorated black horse

The fantasia is considered a cultural performance and a kind of martial art; it also symbolizes a strong relationship between the man and the horse, as well as an attachment to tradition.

Decorated black horse

Each region in Morocco has one or several fantasia groups, called serba, totaling thousands of horse riders nationwide. Performances are usually during local seasonal, cultural or religious festivals, also called moussem ("season" in Arabic). Some show-based restaurants offer a fantasia as part of the entertainment.

Decorated black horse

So, that's it ! I hope you liked it! leave your comments and critics about the pics!

The collection's link: here.

Thank you :)

Photo credits: , Aziz Rimi.

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November 17, 2015

Truthservant

You're welcome, thank you all for your comments

November 17, 2015

Tangatawhenua

Thank you for wharing with us your culture, the beautiful photos as well as the explanations - it is much appreciated :D

October 25, 2015

Onime

awesome pictures.

October 25, 2015

Truthservant

You are welcome any time Leswrona

October 23, 2015

Leswrona

Thank you for showing this cultural tradition. This is what is great about photography, capturing those moments and sharing them. You did an awesome job. Can’t wait to see it and photograph myself.

October 23, 2015

Truthservant

Thank you !

October 23, 2015

Rhbabiak13

These photos are beautiful and vibrant. Thanks for sharing.

October 23, 2015

FabioConcetta

Amazing images, very nice work!

October 22, 2015

Truthservant

thank you Hoatian

October 22, 2015

Haotian

Very vibrant feel and colours. :)

October 22, 2015

Truthservant

Wow! great photos in your collection. Your collection about Morocco is amazing and inspiring for me who live here. When I saw your collection I felt that beauty can be all around you but you can't see it because you're familiar with it!! Thank you for your support! I guess Hel stands for Helen, I mean are you male or female? just curious lol

October 22, 2015

Hel080808

Hi Truthservant, great photos with wonderful light. I Like your photos, specially the third, which was also in "the magic of colors" assignment. I have visited Morocco and could see the nice royal cities, the buzzy souks and of course the Sahara. Solitary exception was the tourist policy. They want to prohibit to take photos. But you can see in my collection "Morocco, Royal Cities, People..." I've got a lot of photos and they are nice memories for me. I hope I get a second chance to travel to your country. Good luck for you and keep up taking photos!

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