Anyway back to Sidi Belkas. It is named after the marabout, or muslim "saint" who is buried in the cemetery. Although Islam eschews any intervention or agency between the believer and Allah in the catholic sense, there is a long tradition of veneration of holy men in the Mahgreb, possibly reflecting pre-islamic customs. Such holy men are given the honorific "Sidi" contrasting with the classical arabic term "walliy" for saint. Sidi Boukas' qubba or tomb may be in the cemetery but I have been unable to learn any particulars about him nor does there seem to be agreement as to how too transliterate his name.There seems no regular moussem and the people I ask do not seem to know anything about him. Today the qubba stands in a field looking picturesque.
There are lots of qubbas around. A standard grave is marked by a pile of whjite stones or possibly a long thin horizontal gravestone. A qubba iis usually a cubic building painted white with a dome. although particularly important saints may have much more elaborate tombs such as that of Sidi Muhammed bin Nasir al-Drawi at Tamegroute.