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Marabouts

(mâr`əbo͞ots) [Arab.,=devotee hermit], members of a Muslim religious and military community, precursors of the AlmoravidsAlmoravids
, Berber Muslim dynasty that ruled Morocco and Muslim Spain in the 11th and 12th cent. The Almoravids may have originated in what is now Mauritania. The real founder was Abd Allah ibn Yasin, who by military force converted a number of Saharan tribes to his own
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. They spread from NW Africa into Spain in the 11th and 12th cent. The Marabouts later became known as holy men and were greatly venerated as saints. They now live in monasteries or are attached to mosques. Their tombs, also called Marabouts, are often places of pilgrimage.
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Le deuxieme evenement se rapporte au mouvement de vandalisme qui s'est attaque a plus de cinquante mausolees de marabouts un peu partout dans le pays.
She explained that the Oku Marabout group is found mainly in Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality, but noted that they also have settlements in the major groundnut trading centres, such as Baligho, Kanikunda and Kuntaur.
13) Also, Lat Dior's mother, Ngone Latir and Lingueer Yaasin Bubu were very popular in the Marabout wars in Kajoor.
Jaiteh, 40, from Senegal, is a self-styled professor and marabout - a West African Islamic spiritual leader.
There are just too many repetitious elements, long passages describing the monotony of walking in the bush or sitting, waiting under mango trees for one thing or another to happen - a marabout to appear, a bus to arrive or a malarial bout to subside.
The center of Trois-Marabouts, so-called because of the three monuments that the Arabs had built on the plateau in honor of the three marabouts (holy men), was a village that was seventy-eight kilometers from Oran and only five from Ain-Temouchent.
On y trouve de sublimes toiles mettant en scene son inestimable patrimoine materiel (Les palais ottomans, les portes, les marabouts, les mosquees-).
On a tout essaye ; medicaments, analyses, plantes, amulettes, visites aux marabouts, en vain
Specialists in the occult are indiscriminately called marabouts or sorcerers but also Wak-man in Burkina Faso, and the objects they manufacture are variously known as amulets, grisgris, charms, or seben ("writing" in Dioula, the trade language of this part of West Africa) which consist of verses of the Qur'an sealed in leather pouches.
Qu'il s'agisse des couteaux des exciseuses jetes au feu ou brulent les radios portatifs devant la mosquee dans Moolaade ou de la longue suite de visites infructueuses de El Hadj aux marabouts et feticheurs a travers le pays dans Xala --dont le titre meme, impuissance temporaire causee par un sort, releve des croyances populaires (38) est tout un programme ethnographique--, Sembene Ousmane fait toujours un usage dynamique, dialogique, dialectique des traditions (quatrieme fondement d'une contre-ethnographie) : rejetant celles jugees desuetes, pronant celles jugees dynamiques, progressives.
Most of the players wear jujus, special amulets, made for them by marabouts.
Embassy officials, for example, attended the closing ceremony of a five-day training seminar on human rights for local imams and marabouts, personal spiritual leaders who often preside over small-scale religious ceremonies.