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Nubian Ceremonial Life: Studies in Islamic Syncretism and Cultural Change

John G. Kennedy


The building of Egypt's High Dam in the 1960s erased innumerable historic treasures, but it also forever obliterated the ancient land of a living people, the Nubians. In the period 1963–64, they were removed en masse from their traditional homelands in southern Egypt and resettled elsewhere. Much of the life of old Nubia revolved around ceremonialism, and this study reveals and discusses some of the most important and distinctive aspects of Nubian culture. Since its original publication, this book has become a standard text in the fields of anthropology and cultural psychology. In addition to ... More

Keywords: High Dam, 1960s, Nubians, old Nubia, ceremonialism, Nubian culture, death ceremonies, taboo, trance curing ceremonies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9789774249556
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774249556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John G. Kennedy, author