Zâr Beliefs and Practices in Bandar Abbâs and Qeshm Island in Iran

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 University of Toronto msabaye@yahoo.ca
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Zâr denotes a class of spirits, the illness that they cause when descending upon a person and the ritual that is necessary to pacify the spirits and secure the alleviation of the patient's symptoms. The ritual involves holding a ceremony where incense, music and movement play a role in appeasing the Zâr to provide relief for the patient. This article, based on field studies carried out in 2007-2009, provides a current account of Zâr practices in Bandar Abbâs and Qeshm Island in Iran.


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