A Journey to Solidarity and Cooperation: Social Practices, Rituals and Ceremonies in Wadi Musa, Southern Jordan
By Fatima Nasir Al-Hasanat and Mansour Abdel Aziz Al Shuqairat, Jordan
The purpose of this study is to shed light on various social practices, rituals and traditional celebrations in Wadi Musa, and to emphasise the most important customs related to the celebrations. Wadi Musa is an oasis in the desert in southern Jordan.
We focused on an oral narrative by an elderly woman who lived in a time with a wealth of social norms and activities that were symbiotic in nature.
Some of the practices and celebrations in Jordan in previous time periods, particularly in Wadi Musa and its environs, were studied as part of the historical narrative. The most notable of these customs include those related to engagements, weddings, circumcisions, harvests and ‘zuwara’.
Throughout this paper, we highlighted and discussed the most important rituals, customs and practices associated with occasions and events that demonstrate the lifestyle and thinking of the generation that resided in the region in a completely different time period.
After monitoring, evaluating and comparing methods, the study concludes with a number of findings.