Reviews

This short paper describes six Uighur customs which continue today: (1) the “child saling (bala setish)”; (2) the “praise hair growing (niyaz chach qoyush)”; (3) the “knock-knock (taktak)”; (4) the “disease expelling (uchuqdash)”; (5) the “wart cure (sögäl dawalash)”; (6) the “bright (sara)”.  The third one (knocking with a sort of hammer before or after the call for pray, or during Ramazan) and the sixth one (calling upon God for help prior to the Spring planting) will interest those working on religious syncretism in Xinjiang since they seems to originate, respectively, in Buddhist and Shamanistic practices.

Alexandre Papas, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-7.4.G-685