EP 63 Missing Witches – Dihya al Kahina: A Free and Noble Witch

This episode honours a 7th Century hero. A Black indigenous Woman who was a leader. A warrior priestess named Dihya, champion of the native North African Amazigh people, her name means “the beautiful gazelle” in the Tamazight language of the Amazigh. Amazigh, plural Imazighen, means “free or noble people” in the Indigenous Tamazight language. Among outsiders, the more common name for Imazighen is Berber, which comes directly from the word ‘barbarian’ or babary. A colonizer’s word. A word that’s used to diminish and destroy. Like her people, Dihya is largely known to the world now by the name given to her by those she resisted, conquerors who wrote her history for generations and christened her “el-Kahina” or The Kahina, meaning “prophetess” or “seer” or…“witch”.

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Works Cited:

Historiography, Mythology and Memory in Modern North Africa: The Story of the Kahina Abdelmajid Hannoum

The Kahina and Kateb Yacine

https://www.ancient.eu/Kahina/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Berber_religion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihya

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Africa_during_Antiquity

https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/kahina-r-695-703-ce

https://www.blackhistorybuff.com/blogs/the-black-history-buff-blog/the-kahina-queen-of-the-berbers-ruled-688-705-ad

An Early Feminist Al-Kahina

https://www.audubon.org/news/are-these-birds-better-computers-predicting-hurricane-seasons