The crow

At the beginning of the world, the crow was white.  The Prophet, may God bless him and save him, sent to him and said, “Here’s gold.  Give it to the Muslims.  And here’s lice.  Give it to the Europeans.”

So the crow got up and gave to the Europeans the gold, and he gave to the Muslims the lice.  To punish him, God changed his appearance, and his feathers became black.  When he speaks he says, “Aq, Aq,” that is, “That serves me right!  I betrayed a trust.”

This text is taken (and adapted) from E. Laoust, Cours de Berbère Marocain:  Dialecte du Maroc Central, Paris, 1939, p. 240, numéro 1.