Between truth and fiction, there are many myths that some believe and claim as a truth and some deny and judge it as unbelievable. “Aisha Kandisha” is one of them! It's one of the most famous myths that spread throughout Morocco, and soon many writers addressed her story to be among the most famous stories in horror literature And between ignorance, speculation, and historical charters, you find another side that narrates the truth of "Aisha Kandisha", which frightened some and confused others.
Throughout history, the uttering of the frightening name “Aisha Kandisha” has scared even the soul of the bravest ones. But who is this woman who lives in the minds of most Moroccans between nobility and malice, between demons and kindness. Is she a legend, a witch, a ghost, a demon, or a curse or just a woman that made of herself a story to remember?
WHO IS AICHA KANDICHA?
Her name is Aisha, and her nickname is "Kandicha", and she is the most famous figure in Moroccan folklore.
There are many stories regarding this character, there are those who say that she is a fairy with a beautiful female body and the feet of a she-camel or a goat, who seduces men with her beauty, and lives in places where there is water such as valleys and wells. And there are those who say that she is a Moroccan woman whose husband was killed by Portuguese colonialism in the period between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, so she decided to take revenge and became a fierce resistance to him, and there are those who say that she was a "countess" or an Andalusian princess who was expelled from Andalusia, and when she came to Morocco she began to resist the colonizer.
There are many stories that has been told about this character, most or all of them are strangely imprinted in a way that makes it difficult to say, whether this is a real character or just a myth, and the stories associated with it are all a figment of the imagination.
You cannot talk about Aicha Kandicha without invoking synonyms of fear and horror. It’s a confusing mystery to this day, from Moroccans who believe that she still appears in the darkest streets, and some of them insist that she is a real person who left for the abode of survival a long time ago, and her name is "Aisha the Countess", or "Aisha the Saint".
The scariest thing about this story is that there are some people who believe that they saw her in real life and she is not HUMAN!!! And here is what they said:
"We saw her around two in the morning, wearing a white robe and her hair was red on the road linking the cities of Agadir and Essaouira, says Naima, one of the Atlas 05 players, in a statement to a Channel Two program. Me, the bus driver and the team leader, Mohamed, stopped at a distance from where we saw her, and kept wondering who this person was who made fear and terror run through our entire bodies."
Mohamed also confirmed the story of Naima, and added, "My eyes met hers after she turned towards us and turned back very quickly. I do not believe that she is a fairy, but I have a feeling that she is not human."
The legend says that Aicha Kandisha has its own way of attracting its victims, especially men, where it enjoys killing them and mastering the method of torture, and then feeds on the meat and blood of their bodies. One of the stories, "Aisha Kandisha once obstructed the way of men who were living in villages, and she was about to entrap them through her temptation, but they managed to escape from her by burning their turbans in front of her after they noticed something in her that distinguished her from the rest of the women, which is her feet that look like camel. The only way to escape from her is surprising her with fire because it is considered her weak point.”
As scary as it sounds, this story is just a myth and not a reality. As it is known that oral narrations depend on a real origin in the beginning, around which legends and tales are later created. From this point of view, “Aisha Kandisha” could be a real character, but the oral narrations turned her into a legend.