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- n. Plural form of Gnawa.
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In Moroccan popular culture, Gnawas, through their ceremonies, are considered to be experts in the magical treatment of scorpion stings and psychic disorders.
They build from prayerful incantations to handclapping and for the Gnawas foot-stamping rhythms; repeated refrains gather momentum as improvisatory vocals curl, rasp and ascend.
This is a post that'll be particularly appreciated by participants in my forthcoming Gnawa Photo~Expedition as photojournalist Stefano Torrione has documented the Gnawa in Essaouira and Marrakech in one of his many interesting galleries titled The Rituals of the Gnawas.