Witchcraft Around The World Part 1: Middle Eastern/Arabic Witchcraft
“[Witchcraft in the Middle East is] probably very rare as a safety thing, but I know enough about the culture itself. Food is a big thing, and so is family. Everybody knows everybody. We’re all mostly related pretty much, even if only very distantly. Music and dancing is very big, especially the debke. You can look up some videos. They’re pretty cool. I’m Lebanese, so I’m not completely sure this pertains to everywhere, but we’re very traditional and superstitious. Being left handed is bad, and ways have food and coffee to serve when there are guests over, etc.
Where my family comes from, they lived off the land. Wheat is a big symbol of my family, as it was a major crop for my family. Cedar trees, obviously, for lebanon.” ~ @witchcraftbythemoon
Magical power to heal sickness and other acts of white witchcraft or sorcery are typically ascribed to gods, heroes and men in the extant literature of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and Canaan. There was also a fear of malevolent magic or sorcery, especially in Mesopotamia.
Although the belief in magical practices was apparently widespread in the cultures of the ancient Middle East, it is known for a variety of punishments and death sentences for accused witches (male or female) in the modern time.
Because of the risque situation concerning witchcraft in the modern Middle East, witch covens or associations are very secretive and underground.
Souk Al-Wataniyah in Kuwait City by The Architects Collaborative [1974-1979]. While the TAC had originally been founded by the pioneers of the Bauhaus movement, later projects by the firm were designed as brutalist. The project was intended to reflect the traditional markets found throughout the Islamic world and translate them onto the concept of the Western shopping mall. It is six storeys tall, with two of them underground, and is constructed of concrete cast in situ as well as prefabricated elements. There are relatively few windows facing the exterior in order to protect the interior from the harsh climate and recalls the introversive nature of Islamic architecture. Inside are a number of courtyards which serve as focal points for each individual cell. This mall is the third of a series designed by the same architects.
Doha Tower, also known as Burj Doha is an iconic high rise tower located in Qatar. Doha Tower was designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. It has no central core, leaving more internal space available to its occupants. The design is unique, the first skyscraper with internal reinforced concrete dia-grid columns, which form a cross (X) shape that connects with the eye-catching cylindrical facade. The design expresses the local culture, connecting the very modern with ancient Islamic designs. Islamic screens were designed to shade the building from high temperatures as well as the unpleasant sand residue found on glass throughout the region.
L’Hôpital du Sacré Cœur in Baabda, Lebanon by Michel Écochard in 1962. The structures are built using concrete however the landscaping focuses on the stones used in traditional Lebanese masonry. It is composed of a five-storey building, which forms the main façade, and a four-storey administration office block and dispensary. Perpendicular to this is the housing which includes a small chapel. An emphasis on light shielding structures indigenous to the Middle East is seen in the use of verandas and the brise-soleil. The architect introduces the ideas of light, geometric repetition, and strong lines that form the core of the Lebanese modernists movement.
Congratulations to Ross Marquand who stars as Aaron on The Walking Dead in this true event movie coming in 2018 -you go Ross!
The Walking Dead cast member Ross Marquand plays a character in a much more reality-based conflict zone in Hajji, an inspired-by-true-events short film which explores the cycle of violence caused by modern warfare in the Middle East.
Written and directed by R.H. Norman, story follows two soldiers, played by Marquand and Shades of Blue actor Dayo Okeniyi, and their interaction with a local family, which culminates in unfortunate violence.
The film is produced by David Lawson Jr. of Snowfort Pictures, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was drawn to the project by its unique perspective on war.
Hajji also stars Maddie Rien, Ray Haratian (Argo), Dajan Ahmad, Bahara Golestani, and Rajeev Chhibber. In addition to producers Okeniyi, Marquand, Lawson, and Norman, the film was produced by Micheline Pitt, Sean McDaniel, Christopher Ely, Damir Omic, and John Thomas Schrad of ReKon Productions.
Hajji will begin playing festivals at the start of 2018.