Folk Islam in Afghanistan
Folk Islam is a movement flourishing in many Muslim countries. It may be characterized by the veneration of saints, tomb worship and animism.
You will see elements of this throughout the country. For example, the picture above is a tree in Mazar with nails tied to it to ward off evil.
Read one story of an Afghan woman's folk religion practice.
The challenge remains to understand their worldview in the context of their cultural practices (which do change from Islamic country to the next), as well as to bridge their worldview from your own.
This will be a challenge, depending upon the language ability you may have, as well as the literacy of the person to whom you are speaking.
It will also be helpful to learn the associations between the fears of Folk Muslims and which folk religious custom is practiced.
The following table will be helpful, especially in the Afghan context.
Table under construction
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