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For those of you who do not know who Loundja is, I will try to give you a small summary about her.
Loundja is a character very known in the fairy tales of North Africa, especially in the Kabyle culture of Algeria. She was known for her beauty, her courage, her intelligence, but more than ever for being the Ogress' daughter. In the tales, Loundja was the obsession of all the young people of the country, more particularly the sons of Kings. All wanted Loundja for their wife, for the reasons that I have quoted above. Unfortunately, all those who have tried to capture her have paid with their lives, which made the obsession to capture Loundja even stronger. Beware to whomever tried to capture Loundja, not only did Loundja have a ferocious mother, but she also had a father and seven brothers even more ferocious. They knew all about Loundja's popularity and protected her by all means, even killing any of the young men who dared to approach Loundja.
Now that you have an idea of who Loundja is, I will tell you a story that was passed from generation to generation but for those of you who know this history, you will be surprised of the twist I decided to give has the history of Loundja, The Ogress' Daughter.
Once upon a time in a land far away, there lived 3aziz, the king's son who loved hunting, music, and beauty. 3aziz rarely dealt with the kingdom's affairs which he found bothersome and without interest in his life. He only attended those events his father, the king forced him to attend. What the Prince liked was as I already said hunting and the long rides in the forest. Every time 3aziz left for his long strides in the forest the villagers were to get out of his way, because his impetuous horse crossed the streets of the city without concern of the passers by or the obstacles.
On one of such days, 3aziz left for one of his long hunting trips in the forest, he was riding his horse so fast that he almost hit an old woman.
Raising from the ground the old woman answered back at 3aziz "You failed to crush me because you are the King's son. What would you do if you were Loundja's husband?"
The prince at once turned back with his horse returned to the palace, and faking an illness, he was confined to bed. The king called the most famous doctors of the land who used all the remedies they knew of but in vain, 3aziz refused to leave his bed.
At once the king gave the order to bring back the witch to him. As soon as she was in front of them, the prince announced that nothing was wrong with him but he wanted to know in which place of the world Loundja the Ogress' daughter lived.
The prince immediately declared himself cured. He asked his father the authorization to leave for a long voyage, packed bags full with coins of gold and of money on two camels, mounted his horse and headed towards the direction the witch had indicated to him.
After a day's voyage, the prince decides to rest. But as he was about to set-up camp, 3aziz saw a movement coming from one of the camels. He seized his sword and advanced with prudence.
As he did not receive any answer, the prince approached the camel and raised his sword to strike.
Admitting that his sister was right, the prince asked her to join him at the camp and it is thus that 3aziza accompanied her brother 3aziz on his great adventure.
You will surely ask why 3aziz would accept the company of sister. Well for the only reason that 3aziza was more shrewd than him and more intelligent. He knew that she was going to be very essential to him during this adventure.
After a few weeks, the two adventurers found themselves in the country where Loundja and her family lived. The prince decided to go around in this strange country and ask how to go to Loundja's house.
If I get your attention for one moment I would like to explain that the fact that 3aziza is very intelligent and shrewd is not my invention. In all of the popular tales heroines were described as such.
While 3aziz rested from the long journey, 3aziza decided to find Loundja and to convince her to marry her brother. She easily found the Ogres' house and decided to hide for the night and to wait. In the morning, 3aziza watched as the father Ogre, the Ogress and their seven sons left the house. She waited until they were all out of sight before going to the house to talk to Loundja. When she found herself face to face with Loundja, 3aziza found it hard to take in her beauty. It is true that 3aziza heard of Loundja's beauty but she had never imagined it will be such.
As the two women were leaving the house of the Ogres, the Ogress saw them and shouted at her daughter "Go my daughter, you have my blessings. But be wary of the black eagle, kidnapper of fiancées! Do not answer his call"
The two girls arrived at 3aziz's camp and hurried him to leave this strange country before the rest of the Ogres were aware of Loundja's disappearance.
In the tale, there wasn't a 3aziza, but when 3aziz and Loundja arrived at palace, the black eagle kidnapper of fiancées snatched Loundja and it was only after many difficulties that 3aziz succeeded to regain Loundja and they lived happily ever after.
But as I already said it to you, my version is different.
When they arrived at the palace, 3aziz announced his marriage to Loundja. But what he did not know was the fact that Loundja found him stupid and annoying. It was 3aziza whom she liked and with whom she shared her love for reading, riddles and humor.
It was with difficulty that 3aziza convinced Loundja to go with her. They left the royal palace in the night without much luggage and after a long voyage; Loundja and 3aziza arrived at their destination.
Upon their arrival 3aziza went towards a big house and Loundja was very surprised at the welcome they both received. The mistress of the house seemed to know 3aziza.
I am sure that you all want to read that 3aziza and Loundja settled in this beautiful country and spent happy days together until it pleased God to put an end to their lives.....
Unfortunately like we all know, such an end is not often custom in societies like ours and that in the case of Loundja and 3aziza their life together will not be welcomed with open arms.
< i>Today we are several of us living the way of life Loundja and 3aziza chose and we are scattered everywhere in the world. We all try very hard to live our lives as we want it but not one of us is truly happy because one is always in search of our family's acceptance
When I am told that when we live in a foreign country, away from our society and our taboos, we feel freer and happier, I try my best not to laugh. How can one say that we are free when we are uprooted? How can one say that we are happier when we constantly live in fear of being discovered?
How many of us find ourselves in conflict with ourselves, our society and especially with our religion? For those among us who are Muslim and uphold their faith, it is even more difficult to live this happy life in exile. One tries to find others like us to invent a new family but let's be honest, nothing will replace our true families.
How many of us find ourselves in conflict with ourselves, our society and especially with our religion? We are so convinced that our unhappy lives stem from our way of life that some of us decide to leave and to reinvent ourselves in our societies and we even get married believing that that will cure us, since we are very certain that we are afflicted by a disease. But we do forget the hurt that we will cause ourselves and our male companions who are unaware.
I would like to finish by saying to you that I have answers to all these sorrows but I have none and that distresses me.
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