Note: An example of the spiritual trance music of the Hamadcha Sufi Tariqa (order), founded by Ali ibn Hamdoush in the 17th century. The Hamadcha practice a form of ecstatic dhikr (remembrance of God) which includes music, dance, and a trance ritual of possession. When the Hamadcha are 'possessed' -that is, spiritually charged with the energy of God's baraka (blessing) - they purportedly perform miraculous feats. Lomax describes the scene: "3 red hourglass drums [darbaka] carried on shoulders, 2 oboes [ghaita], hysterical dance. These people eat fire, cut their heads - and their chief then cures them with passing of hands."
About the session: More recordings from the moussem of Moulay Idriss in Fes. This session comprises mostly religious folk songs and music of Sufi orders (ar. turuq, sing: tariqa). The tradition of celebration and veneration of holy men (ar. auliya') such as Moulay Idriss stems from Sufism, the mystical strand of Islamic belief, and several turuq incorporate music into their ritual practice, including the Hamadcha and 'Aissaouia orders.
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