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Ahmad Al-Jallad @Safaitic
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#Safaitic dictionary edit updates. At the N's, and this text it worth tweeting: Author of MAHB 2 states: wagada ʾaṯra ʾaśyāʿ-oh fa-naganna 'he found the traces of his companions and went mad (from grief)'. #Safaitic naganna <ngn> is the equivalent of #Levantine inžann...
The sense is of course to be Jinn possessed. There is no direct evidence for a belief in #Jinn among the pre-Islamic nomads, but this word could suggests that insanity was associated with being possessed by the supernatural creatures. There's more: related to this lemma is ...
the word <ʾtgnn> =ʾatgannana, is attested in an identical context: BS 880: wagada ʾaṯra ʾaśyāʿ-oh fa-ʾatgannana 'he found the traces of his companions and went mad (from grief)', this one similar to Classical Arabic taǧannana, same meaning.
Why have these men lost their minds (become jinn possessed)? A common grieving ritual in Safaitic is to carve a memorial inscription upon finding the traces of one's lost companions and loved ones or a grave. Losing one's mind is an expression of grief, and there r many others.
I will give a lecture in the Netherlands soon on rituals of burial and mourning in Safaitic called 'The Talking Dead'; I'll post that info for those in the neighborhood who want to learn more.
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