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She may be one of Morocco's most popular legends, but to many villagers in the northern mountains, Aisha Kandisha is anything but a myth. Near the city of Rif, people often report seeing the strange figure of a woman along empty roads and in the secluded mountains at night. A beautiful enchantress, or jiniya (she-devil), Aisha has hoofed feet like a goat and wears a sparkling white veil draped over fiery red hair. Her victims are reportedly driven mad and are later found wandering the countryside, or never found at all. To remedy the effects of her attacks, locals perform ritual trance ceremonies and cast protective spells.


She may be one of Morocco's most popular legends, but to many villagers in the northern mountains, Aisha Kandisha is anything but a myth. Between the cities of Rif and Chaoen, to the northeast of Morocco, people often report seeing the strange figure of a woman along empty roads and in secluded mountains at night. A beautiful enchantress, or jiniya (shedevil), Aisha has hoofed feet like a goat and is reported to wear a sparkling white veil draped over fiery red hair. Those who have encountered her are reportedly driven mad and are found wandering the countryside, or never found at all. To remedy the effects of her attacks, locals perform hadras, ritual trance ceremonies combined with protective spells. There is still much debate over where Aisha came from, but little doubt among locals that this legend is all too real.

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