tent; ehen

Tent covering, poles and cross-piece.

Item numbers 73 and 74 on Jeremy Keenan's item list. Skin tent - 'ehen' in Tamahaq. Keenan acquired this object from the Kel Ahaggar people in Tamanrasset. Price paid: 1200 dinar (tent poles priced separately). Skin tents are typical for the Northern Tuareg, whereas mat tents are common for the Southern Tuareg. The tent offers protection from the elements, and is a symbol of marriage ('ehen' is the word for both tent and marriage), family, and the womb. The tent, as well as the furniture, is owned by the woman, and generally a couple keep their belongings separately on either side of the tent. Due to increased sedentarisation and many Tuareg nowadays living in houses in towns and cities, often the men now own the dwelling.

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