Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 2(4), pp. 115 - 120
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2014.020402
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One Fragment of the Ethnographic Picture of Egypt (Zār Ceremony)

Nino Ejibadze *
Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia


The Egyptian Zār ritual is a ceremony that includes different aspects of ethnographic picture; it is possible to study it from the viewpoint of the linguistic, literary, musical, psychological, health and gender issues. The purpose of the ritual is to cure certain diseases by a folk method. It has found its way into Egypt from the south via Sudan. The ritual was regarded by the Government of Egypt as involving certain danger, due to which it was even prohibited. Nevertheless, it functions to the present day, it is performed secretly and strangers’ attendance at it is strictly limited. In the report the material collected as a result of fieldwork is presented, namely, some texts are offered, obtained by the author in the 2000s. The report focuses attention on the important details of the Zār practice, such as: 1. types of Zār, 2. Belief in the existence of the so-called Jinn and Sayids, which is the basis for the functioning of Zār, 3. composition of the group performing different types of Zār, 4. Zār diseases and those of medical character, 5. the language of Zār, in which the author of the report has singled out words and expressions that can be considered as the professional slang of Zār, 6. Amulets, 7. Types of musical accompaniment during the performance of the ceremony, as well as various details of the Zār ceremony.

Egypt, Ritual, Spirits, Illness, Amulets, Trance, Texts

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[1] Nino Ejibadze , "One Fragment of the Ethnographic Picture of Egypt (Zār Ceremony)," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 115 - 120, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2014.020402.

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Nino Ejibadze (2014). One Fragment of the Ethnographic Picture of Egypt (Zār Ceremony). Linguistics and Literature Studies, 2(4), 115 - 120. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2014.020402.