Encyclopedia > Marabout

  Article Content


A marabout is a personal spiritual leader in the Islam as practiced in West Africa. The marabout is a often a scholar of the Koran and many make amulets for good luck, preside at various ceremonies, and in some cases actively guide the life of the follower.

In the Muslim brotherhoods of Senegal, the marabouts are organized in elaborate hierarchies and the highest marabout of the Mourides, for example, has been elevated to the status of a ruler, almost a demigod, by the faithful.

A major fact of marabouts is the need to give them money from time to time. Often there is obligation to the marabout that has accumulated over generations within a family. Marabouts normally dress in traditional West African robes.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Timeline of trends in music (1980-present)

... club scene in Chicago and Detroit; a hip hop-influenced variant, hip house, also emerges 1983 in music Music of the United Kingdom The Cocteau Twins' Head Over Heels ...