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01:40:04 PM Thursday Aug 30, 2007

I just came across this really cool site called GNAWA STORIES and it has some really interesting info on Gnawa history and culture. There's also a really cool section where you click on portraits of different gnawis/gnawiyas, and when you click on their picture you can hear them talk about their own gnawa experience. One part really caught my eye - about the Mqadmma, the woman who receives the sick patients and organizes the Lila or Derdeba, etc. It made me think of my mom's story of the woman she encountered as a child, who claimed healing powers and would sing some poetry and call upon different spirits.

Another cool thing about this site is that it has a little glossary and good intro for those who are a little less familiar with the world and words of Gnawa. Check out Gnawa Stories

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4:19 am    August 31, 2007

Salem message
That Blue and Black are wonderful. I was in Kinshasa when for the first time and so far last time, I feasted my eyes on the colors of Africa: colors of the people, of the clothes, of things! (3arregt8a lwan!) I will never forget that..

6:15 pm    August 30, 2007
3abir sabil
Ok folks.I get your point.Maybe I did a sacrilege.I didn't mean to hurt jnoun's gnawa. Waa tasliim ya cyber-mlouk !! :)

3:55 pm    August 30, 2007

hudhud message
btw - check out the portrait on the painter on the Gnawa Stories website with pictures of some of his artwork - look at the colors he uses.

3:50 pm    August 30, 2007

hudhud message
no purple??! are the olympics.. *gasp* ... discriminating against.. the PURPLE??!

all joking aside, the colors of the olympic rings cannot be linked to gnawa because they are not SEVEN (lucky seven, seven heavens, notice the symbolic number..)
"The Official Olympic Flag Created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, the Olympic flag contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship to be gained from these international competitions. The rings, from left to right, are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The colors were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Olympic Games. "

The seven colors in gnawa culture represent 7 mlouk or jnoune, seven spirits that are called upon in hierarchical order.

Here's a bit more info.


3:33 pm    August 30, 2007

Rasta Gnawi message
I think so. How can you do a high jump over two meters without touching the bar with your back unless there are a couple of djnoun holding you up as you jump? purple ones don't get invited to the olympics.

3:18 pm    August 30, 2007
3abir sabil
A "lila ganawiya" starts at midnight and end at dawn.Seven dances are performed during one lila to comunicate with some devils(mlouk or jnoune).Each dance has its own color to mate the moud of its melk:(white,black,green, red,purple, blue and yellow).

Question:Is there any relationship with the colored- olympic- rings??


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