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The Buffi Representation Of The World Of Jinn

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The Buffis seem to hold semi-institutionalized beliefs about jnun. The Buffis' beliefs play a practical role in providing a means of ordering and coordinating the healing practice at the shrine. The Buffis think that jinns are fiendish and dangerous creatures. Jinns are also thought to be powerful creatures that may travel long distances in the twinkling of an eye. Still, the popular conception, as it is observed at Ben Yeffu, represents jinns as capable of divination. Many fuqaha like Sayouti and Ibn Taymiya argue that jinns may get into physical contact with individuals. The Buffis assort jinns according to their choosing of colour. They maintain that each jinni has a preference for a particular colour to be summoned. To attract more and more followers, the Buffis spread the idea that jnun exist everywhere and could harm people with all types of sicknesses.

Keywords: Ben Yeffu; Buffis; healing practice; jinn; jnun



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