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Jinn Eviction And Other Rituals As Discourses Of Power

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This chapter analyzes the functioning of the healer-patient's discourse, or in the maraboutic parlance, the healer-jinni's discourse and other discursive forms like the patients' dreams and healers' narratives. Saluting the saint is a ritual in and of itself. It consists of particular ritualised tasks the visitor has to perform in order to accomplish his pilgrimage to the shrine. There are healers who recite the magic formulas while hitting visitors lightly with a stick called the kalkha on all their body parts from head to foot. The Buffi practice of jinn eviction is constructed as a lawsuit. The dominance of the saint is further institutionalized by his so-called power to bring on rain in times of drought and cure in times of epidemics. The Buffi healing practice as part of maraboutic culture is a pertinent illustration of how the master-disciple schema informs all major aspects of Buffi social relations.

Keywords: Buffi healing practice; jinn eviction; maraboutic culture; ritual of pilgrimage



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