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14 August 2011

Burning incense in a new house to chase away the bad eye

The two photographs below picture hand-made terracotta urns known as "kanoun" in Tunisian Arabic.  These are used as small barbecues as well as for burning incense.  When a person moves into a new house or when a woman gives birth a kanoun with a special incense mixture called "bkhour" is burnt and a person goes from room to room in the house to chase away the bad eye and evil spirits whilst
the bkhour mixture in the kanoun is smoking.

So, to keep up with Tunisian tradition, on the 7th day after we moved into our new house we chased away the bad eye and evil spirits which may have been lurking in our new house by burning bhour in a kanoun.  This tradition is called, "Le kanoun au bkhour pour chasser le mauvais oeil" in French.

May we be healthy and happy in our new house and continue to get enjoyment out of living as expatriates in Tunisia.

"Poterie creuse, en terre cuite, utilisée comme un brasero, pour la cuisson des aliments au charbon de bois. Sa forme, avec des bords échancrés, permet de poser sur cet outil de cuisson, des récipients pour la préparation des plats, ou des produits à cuire directement sur les braises (maïs), l'encens.  Très répandue Afrique de l'Ouest (Sénégal, Mali) et en Afrique du Nord: cuisine marocaine, algérienne, ou tunisienne.  Il existe des formes simples ou décorées (peintes avec des arabesques).  En Espagne, cet objet porte le nom de el anafe (terme hispano-arabe)." http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanoun


Figure 1:  A terracotta kanoun.



Figure 2:  A smaller terracotta kanoun.



Figure 3:  The incense mixture called bkhour.
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