Key keeper and friend Portrait, Ait Inlatten Granary (Agadir Ait Inlatten)
Portrait of the Key Keeper (left) of the Inlatten Granary (Agadir Ait Inlatten) and his friend (right) sitting at the entrance of the granary, Taliouine province of Southern Morocco, 2016-05-24.
Notoriously impossible to siege, an agadir is usually placed on top of a mountain or carved into the rocks of dramatic escarpments, strategically located on higher ground beyond settlements, with good vantage points.
Traditionally, one security guard known as an ‘amin,’ stood at the only entrance to each structure and would defend the building from any potential thieves and bandits.
The amin was also responsible for holding the keys to the main door and all the chambered storage rooms inside, a tradition which is still kept alive today. This responsibility has always been a well respected role within the local communities surrounding the granaries and each appointed guard serves for a fixed number of years, rotating the privilege among members of the local communities.