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Tradition Veiled in a Postmodern Form: Commemorative Art in the Shrine of Anba Abraam

Gawdat Gabra

in Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970443 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.003.0023
Tradition Veiled in a Postmodern Form: Commemorative Art in the Shrine of Anba Abraam

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This chapter examines the commemorative art in the shrine of Saint Anba Abraam in the monastery of Dayr al-Azab in the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It explains that Anba Abraam served as the bishop of Fayoum, Beni Suef, and Giza between 1881 and 1914, became venerated as a living saint. Saint Anba Abraam's feast day, 3 Baunah in the Coptic Synaxarion, is also commemorated each year with a mulid. During this festival of ancient ancestry, the pilgrims come together for the religious service, to beseech the saint's capacities as a healer of soul and body.

Keywords: Anba Abraam; saint; shrines; bishops; feast day; pilgrimage; Fayoum Oasis; Egypt

Chapter.  4665 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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