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

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Full title: Zar : spirit possession, music, and healing rituals in Egypt / Hager El Hadidi.
Main author: Ḥadīdī, Hājir, (Author)
Format: Book           


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264 1 |a Cairo :  |a New York :  |b American University in Cairo Press,  |c [2016] 
300 |a xi, 180 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :  |b colour illustrations ;  |c 24 cm 
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504 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-171) and index. 
505 0 |a 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. 
520 8 |a "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 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. The ceremonies initiate devotees-the majority of whom are Muslim women-into a community centered on a cult leader, a membership that provides them with moral orientation, social support, and a sense of belonging. Practicing zar rituals, dancing to zar songs, and experiencing trance restore their well-being, which had been compromised by gender asymmetry and globalization.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. The result is a comprehensive and accessible exposition of the history, culture, and waning practice of zar in a modernizing world"--Front flap of book jacket. 
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650 0 |a Spiritual healing  |z Egypt. 
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650 0 |a Music  |z Egypt  |x Religious aspects. 
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