Btihal Remli

The Colors of Djinn
Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Nationality: German & Moroccan
Biography: Btihal Remli ( b. 1987, Germany) is a visual storyteller focused on art and documentary photography. Based in Morocco,  where her family is originally from, Btihal explores stories related to identity, religion and belief, gender and... read on
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The Colors of Djinn
Credits: btihal remli
Date of Work: 01/01/18 - Ongoing
Updated: 06/30/20
The djinn cult is closely knit to the Moroccan Sufi-brotherhoods. With the Gnawa-brotherhood having come as slaves from West Africa to Morocco, the cult combines pre-Islamic narratives with the religious contents of Islam. More than a way to maintain the Gnawa identity, the invocation and worship of djinn in the trance-like derdeba rituals is considered as a way to free the possessed from the impact of the spirits.
The Gnawa brotherhood classify djinn into the seven colors. During their invocations they play melodies according to a specific color to bring the djinn to dance. At this time humans may dance with the creatures from another world.

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