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Introduction to the zār cult

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The zār cult is a spirit possession cult practised by Christians, Falashas (a tribe of black jews in Ethiopia), Muslims, and other religious tribes in the Arabia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan regions. The zār practice is not a religious act, it actually contradicts the Christian, Islam, and Judaism religions. The cult is non-monolithic, meaning the details surrounding the aim and practice differ with region and religion. This article explores the various aims of the cult, how it works, and the modern perspective.

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