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Zar : spirit possession, music, and healing rituals in Egypt

Author: Hājir Ḥadīdī
Publisher: Cairo : The American University in Cairo Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Zar is both a possessing spirit and a set of reconciliation rites between the spirits and their human hosts: living in a parallel yet invisible world, the capricious spirits manifest their anger by causing ailments for their hosts, which require reconciliation, a private sacrificial rite practiced routinely by the afflicted devotees. Originally spread from Ethiopia to the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf through the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hājir Ḥadīdī
ISBN: 9781617978135 1617978132
OCLC Number: 1034144481
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: From Abyssinia to Cairo : the Zar ritual complex --
The Zar trade : belonging to tayfat al-Zar --
Localization of bodies in time : life cycle and other crises --
Localization of bodies in space : a ritual sampler --
Saints and spirits : transformation of traditions.
Responsibility: Hager El Hadidi.

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Zar is both a possessing spirit and a set of reconciliation rites between the spirits and their human hosts: living in a parallel yet invisible world, the capricious spirits manifest their anger by causing ailments for their hosts, which require reconciliation, a private sacrificial rite practiced routinely by the afflicted devotees. Originally spread from Ethiopia to the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf through the nineteenth-century slave trade, in Egypt zar has incorporated elements from popular Islamic Sufi practices, including devotion to Christian and Muslim saints. This new ethnographic study of zar in Egypt is based on the author's two years of multi-sited fieldwork and firsthand knowledge as a participant, and her collection and analysis of more than three hundred zar songs, allowing her to access levels of meaning that had previously been overlooked.

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