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Zar: Spirit Possession, Music, and Healing Rituals in Egypt

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Zar: Spirit Possession, Music, and Healing Rituals in Egypt

Hager El Hadidi

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 ritual reconciliation, a private sacrificial rite practiced routinely by the afflicted devotees. Originally spread from Ethiopia to the Red Sea and the ... Read more


 

 

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