Contemporary Spirituality and Traditional Beliefs in the Theban Necropolis

Kees van der Spek

in The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164033
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970917 | DOI:
Contemporary Spirituality and Traditional Beliefs in the Theban Necropolis

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Compared to other annual mulid celebrations, the August mulid of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qurna is a relatively small-scale affair but it is nevertheless significant. The celebrations take place in the midst of al-Hurubat and the Noble. They begin with a procession to the saint's shrine high up on the hill to fit the symbolic tomb with a new green cloth cover. When the formalities have been completed, the level plain below Ramose's tomb becomes the location for displays of horsemanship. This chapter views and interprets different beliefs which define the character of the Theban Necropolis and the surrounding fields and villages. It gives a striking account of the spiritual claims and cosmological views that compete for attention, access to, and ownership of the physical landscape of the Theban west bank.

Keywords: mulid celebrations; Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qurna; Ramose's tomb; horsemanship; Theban Necropolis; spiritual claims; cosmological views

Chapter.  9797 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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