Morocco was the most surprising stop of my overseas trip this year. From architecture to food, Morocco’s culture and art are fully integrated to reflect the country’s westernization. As a north African kingdom located in the land of Africa, Morocco is not as primitive and rugged as the African impression. It is refined, refined and romantic.
Haizi once said: “facing the sea, spring flowers bloom. This poem is very open, not only warm up, but also give people a sense of vitality. But if this sentence is sent to Rabat, there seems to be another kind of romance.
Rabat is the capital of Morocco, bordering the Atlantic ocean, with fez, marrakech, meknes is one of the four royal cities of Morocco. Rabat in history, built in the 12th century under the mowahid dynasty, the existing old city was built in the 18th century, and the new city was built after Morocco became a protectorate of France in 1912.
As one of the important tourist cities of Morocco, Rabat’s seaside promenade is the most romantic. Along the road, the left is everywhere cultural monuments, the right is a long and narrow coastline. From the old town to the seaside, the endless Atlantic ocean can always lift some dreams in the hearts of travelers.
The castle terrace by the sea was originally the market place inside the castle. No matter berber dynasty or Arab dynasty, there were always many merchants who came to the market and set up stalls and sold goods. But now it is empty, except for the old buildings and the restless sea.
Standing here in the distance, a seaside cemetery is a surprise. Under the open sky, the waves of passion beat the rocks, visitors in the enthusiasm of football, surfing. It is not sad in the hot sun.
Moroccans like to be buried by the sea when they die? It turned out that the Rabat cemetery was more than just this one, but almost all of it faced the sea. Such a choice of cemetery location, let me not think of haizi’s poem: facing the sea, spring flowers open. The association of the dead with romance struck me as abrupt and imprudent.
Morocco as an Arab country, worship to “thick care and thin burial”. What is “thick nurture and thin burial”? An analysis of burial customs in the Arab world has been made of the funeral of king abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Abdullah is “the head of the world’s largest oil producer” and “one of the world’s most influential people”.
However, it was such a rich man with great wealth who, instead of luxury, chose to keep everything simple when he died — a few feet of shroud, a brief religious ceremony and his funeral.
In Arab countries, rich and poor, the burial custom is simple (but in many Arab countries, only Egypt is special). While it is not certain whether the people buried in front of them are rich or poor, the simplicity and casualness of the cemetery is surprising. In addition to various recreational activities at the seaside, such as surfing, football, running and so on, tourists and local people also wander among them from time to time.
The sharp contrast between life and death, between the young and the vigorous, and the bones that lie in the wilderness, may have made little sense to me.
This is not a serious cemetery for the Chinese. But foreigners never seem to regard cemeteries as sad places, most impressed by the burials in Nepal and the open-air crematoria in India. But also did not expect, the castle around the seaside boulevard around the cemetery.
For a moment, I even saw the cemetery as a kind of landscape in Rabat.
Perhaps Morocco was once occupied by many countries in Europe. Its western civilization is very strong, so is Rabat and casablanca. Based on this historical level, I think that the selection of burial ground by the arabs, in addition to the continuation of their own traditions and local environment, is also influenced by the romance of the west.
As I walked along the cemetery, dusk was gathering, and the most visible beacon on the prostade was not yet on, though I expected it to shine light on the way and the direction, both to the distant and the near bones.
But after a long wait, I was finally attracted by the figure of a man and woman sitting on the rocks, looking at the sea and talking, like a painting. The wind is wild and the waves are rough, but I can feel their inner peace. At the moment, beautiful, romantic and cemetery together, the beginning and the end of life may not be the common people think.