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Pavel Gospodinov's insight:
The history of this celebration spans more than 150 years. In many primitive agrarian societies, disputes over land and water usage were common since protocols for sharing these finite resources were seldom established. After numerous disputes and discussions, Ahmed Madani, a Sufi from the Madanya clan, finally instilled peace by ordering all Siwan men to attend a meeting in the mountain village of Dakrour, not far from Siwa. There the men were compelled to pray to God for harmony, each of them refusing to leave until all outstanding quarrels had been settled. It is these very meetings that mark the beginning of the Siwa festival.