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Ethnomedicine A possessing spirit that is said to afflict people in primitive African cultures. Zars are believed to speak through the host’s mouth, placing him/her in a hypnotic trance, evoking unusual behaviour and leaving temporary amnesia
Psychiatry A term used in north African and in Middle Eastern societies for being under the influence of spirits, which may evoke various emotions or dissociative episodes, which are not regarded as pathological in the culture

zar

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A culture-bound illness specific to Northern Africa and the Middle East in which people are possessed by evil spirits. The disease has characteristics reminiscent of the Western illness known as dissociative identity disorder.
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Dans une declaration aux medias en marge de sa visite a Haouaria pour prendre connaissance du deroulement de la saison de transformation des tomates dans cette region, Zar avait justifie cette demande par les augmentations consecutives (6 fois) du prix des fourrages depuis le debut de 2018.
Some of the attending women were quoted saying, according to Al-Ahram, that the zar rituals they attend are more or less like massive weddings, where hundreds of females all wearing white gowns gather and dance in circles to songs that are only performed at similar events.
With the help of local friends and supporters, Zar Khan was released on bail by Peshawar High Court (PHC) on February 16.
Speaker Asad Qaiser asked PTI legislator Zar Gul to respond to the concern demonstred by PMLN parliamentary leader.
and the Much Asphalt management team to acquire 100% of the issued share capital in South African asphalt products maker Much Asphalt, for a total consideration of ZAR 2.272bn (USD 160m), which is payable in cash, the group said on Monday.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sunday strongly condemned the attack and torturing of the internationally renowned Pushto singer Zar Sangha and her sons in Nowshera.
In Oued Zar in the far south, Agip in 1971 found the Chouech Essaida and ech-Chouech fields in a Triassic reservoir 12,600 ft and 11,888 ft deep, respectively - which it developed immediately.
The rating for 820596390, NSR LT Issuer Rating, ISSUER RATING, ZAR of District Municipality of Amathole was initially assigned on 18 Jan 2008 and the last Credit Rating Action was taken on 18 Dec 2015.
"Zar and the Broken Spaceship" is a provoking illustrated story about making contact with a visiting space alien in a repairable downed spaceship.
Afghanistan's Zar Pana, a senior midwife, says she has assisted in delivery of 7,200 newly born babies during her career spanning eight years.
ANDRIS Nelsons continues his epic trawl with the CBSO through the tone-poems of Richard Strauss, arriving here with a magnificent account of Also Sprach Zar- Zar athustra, this probing and disturbing Nietzschederived work which is far more than its Space Odyssey-hijacked opening.
La Estrategia Nacional Antisecuestro que ahora nos presentan rescata de los anales de la historia politica contemporanea la controversial figura del "zar", del hombre con poderes fuera de lo ordinario y por encima de las estructuras formales del poder para coordinar y hacer que las cosas ocurran, que los resultados se den.