Based on fieldwork implemented in the districts of Panjakat, ‘Ayni, and Istrawshan in 1980 and 2003, this paper deals with prophylactic rituals implemented by the local population for the removal of spirits (diw u ajina) from newborn children, at different moment of the latter’s first steps in life—the birth itself, the settling of a first-born in the cradle, its fortieth day, etc.—with a great attention for local variations, sometimes at the scale of a neighbourhood.  Still to be completed by more extensive publications, this material usefully supplements previous respective works by A. L. Troitskaia (1935) and A. Mardonova (1984).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-7.4.E-656