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The introduction chapter of the book deals with the power of cure. Through healing rituals in Morocco, the author aimed at something more ambitious and of more terrible: what a cult of ownership, through the mythology which establishes it and the rite which articulates it and stages it, could tell us about today's Morocco? Ben Yeffu said the myth has great power on the world of spirits that made him a famous healer; but the master of supernatural world also gives him a mystical and political authority, which in turn, confirms it in therapeutic function. Crossings of three practices - therapy, religion and politics as well as many tensions and conflicts among saints, spirits and Kings form a dynamic and multidirectional matrix in which myth and ritual - and their intersection - takes a semantic and methodological value. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Ben Yeffu; cult of ownership; healing rituals; Morocco; myth; politics; saints



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