Ashura Nazri: A Food Donation’s Ritual


Mahdi Khaksar (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Mahdi [email protected] Nazri: a Food Donation’s RitualEvery year, during the ten days of the anniversary of Ashura, Iranian perform certain rituals to show their respect for and sympathy with Husayn, the younger grandson of the prophet Muhammad, who was Martyred on the desert of Karbala. Besides the religious side of the Ashura rituals, there is also a fact that many people in Iran eagerly anticipate the ten days of Ashura not for mourning, but for the enjoyment of food preparation for the donations. My focus for this presentation would be on the food donation’s ritual in memory of Husayn, which is called Nazri. Interviews with one of the main food donors of Ashura in Shiraz, is the highlight of the fieldwork.

Part of 11-01 Dynamics of Belief and Practice in the Ritual Context: Five Cases from Contemporary Iran, Monday, October 18, 9:30 am–11:00 am