A tradition is a ritual, belief
or object passed down within a society, still
maintained in the present, with origins in the past. Common examples
include holidays or impractical but socially
meaningful clothes, but the idea has also been
applied to social norms such as greetings.
Tradition is usually contrasted
with the goal of modernity and should be differentiated
from customs, conventions, laws, norms, routines, rules and similar
A crossroad of cultures.
Essaouira has a colorful mix of African,
Islamic, Arab, Berber,
Jewish and European influences.
The original inhabitants, the Berbers
weathered invasions by the Phoenicians (600 BC), the
Carthaginians (500 BC), the Romans (200 BC),
the Jews (70 AD), the Arabs (700 AD), the Portuguese
(1500 AD), the Spanish (1800 AD) and the French.