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Nubian Ceremonial LifeStudies in Islamic Syncretism and Cultural Change$
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John G. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789774249556

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774249556.001.0001

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The Dogri: Evil beings of the Nile1

The Dogri: Evil beings of the Nile1

(p.114) Chapter 6 The Dogri: Evil beings of the Nile1
Nubian Ceremonial Life

Armgard Grauer

John G. Kennedy

American University in Cairo Press

The intention of this chapter is to present an ethnographic account of the Nubian subset of river-related beliefs and rituals. It describes the supernatural beings in the Nile, the dangerous and ugly “water monsters”. In Nubia, these are called the dogri (singular dogīr) and the same word is used in all the Nile Nubian dialects. The dogīr stories seem to consist of a peculiar amalgam of many of the supernatural beliefs of the region. Like the angels of the Nile, for example, the monsters live in the river, but like the jinn and ghûl of the desert and mountains they can also be dispersed by the fātiḥa, by invocations of a local saint, or by the steel weapons of armed men. They have many human and animal-like characteristics, however, a fact that places them considerably below the powerful spirit beings.

Keywords:   water monsters, dogri, jinn, ghûl, fātiḥa

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