Ammarin's Stories

The Traditions

The Fuqara (Shamans) of the Ammarin

The branch of Eyal Awwad have another claim to fame, that of having supernatural abilities. According to tradition, when an Ammarin infant reaches the age of twenty days, he is taken to Beir Mathkour at Wadi Araba to visit the graves of his virtuous ancestors, and gain their blessing. In the ensuing ceremony, also observed by other tribes, animal sacrifices are made at these graves, gifts of beads are presented to honour the ancestors, and firearms are discharged in celebration.