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People in trance during performance of baahroo singers on Sufi gathering in Sheikh Hussein in eastern Ethiopia.<br />
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Baahroo is a loan word<br />
from the Arabic bahar, meaning sea. For the Arsi, "sea" is used as a panegyric<br />
reference to Sheikh Hussein. It symbolizes the perceived imminence of<br />
the saint's generosity, benevolence and bounty.<br />
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The songs are widely known, so they are often sung in call and response style, involving public, unless it goes in trance so then only the lead vocals sing praise to Sheikh Hussein while the rest repeats short words rhytmically or just makes loud rhytmic breathe in - breathe out sound, additionally helping to get deeper into trance, already induced by music and qat intoxication.<br />
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Sheikh Hussein in eastern Ethiopia is a Sufi shrine, place of pilgrimage for Oromo people who twice a year, on foot, donkey, buses make a journey to gather in tolerance, to pray, ask the saint for benediction and perform rituals that fuse folk islam and traditional African beliefs. This is islam of the medieval wandering saints, islam that borrows from oriental traditions and preaches love, not dogma.
People in trance during performance of baahroo singers on Sufi gathering in Sheikh Hussein in eastern Ethiopia.

Baahroo is a loan word
from the Arabic bahar, meaning sea. For the Arsi, "sea" is used as a panegyric
reference to Sheikh Hussein. It symbolizes the perceived imminence of
the saint's generosity, benevolence and bounty.

The songs are widely known, so they are often sung in call and response style, involving public, unless...
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