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6. Le shrīf et la possédée

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In this chapter, the author poses the question "Why the shrīfa who marries a ʿāammi cannot pass hersharaf?" to shrīf. He gave the following explanation:" the sharaf has been given to Sidna Sherif Hasan and Husein". To the antipodes of the shrīf-quack, the swordsman and the upholder of the law, Bouchra, herself, appears as a possessed-nurturing therapist. Although she recognizes no membership with brotherhood tradition, and rejects besides the possibility, Bouchra resumes several symbols of ritual practices. Bouchra's ritual practice, not only evades marabout tradition of shurfa, subverts and innovates, but also shows the founder centrality. Her journey and her practice describe an anti-myth and a counter-ritual that dramatize even the centrality of the central signifiers: the baraka, the Sharaf, genealogy, holiness and monarchy. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: anti-myth; Bouchra; counter-ritual; possessed-nurturing therapist; ritual practices; sharaf; shrīf



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