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Hi, everybody!
Do you know what monsters Egyptian people are scared of? In this lesson, you'll learn about three scary monsters in Egypt.
Let’s start with the most popular monster.
[slowly] جن
They are the monsters concealed from the senses.
A djinn is a shape-shifting spirit or genie.
Not all djinns are evil, and some like humans; they have freedom of choice. Some live in cemeteries and can possess humans. Like animals, they attack if they sense fear.
That sounds pretty interesting, right?
You might have heard about the next monster. The next one is...
ابو رجل مسلوخة
[slowly] ابو رجل مسلوخة
This can be translated as Man with a burnt leg.
The Abo regl masloukha is a terrifying boogeyman that scares naughty children.
Misbehaving children get sent to Abo regl masloukha by their parents. He takes the kids to cook and eat them. He has burns because he was disobedient to his parents.
Okay. Here's the last monster.
[slowly] النداهة‎‎
Have you heard of this next one? This can be translated as The caller.
The Naddaha is a beautiful, but scary, sea nymph.
A Naddaha is a gorgeous female spirit with long black hair. She appears to men walking by the Nile, hypnotizes them, and calls them to a watery death.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what we've learned. Listen to the names of each monster and repeat after me.
* beep
Man with a burnt leg
ابو رجل مسلوخة
* beep
ابو رجل مسلوخة
The caller
* beep
Well done! [pause]
Did you know there is a similar holiday to Halloween in Egypt?
Most Egyptians do not celebrate Halloween, as it's considered a pagan festival and is therefore not encouraged by Islam. However, the Egyptians commemorate their departed during the Festival of Wag, held towards the end of August. During this time, many visit the graves of their loved ones or write them letters.
You just learned about three scary monsters in Egypt and a cultural fact about Halloween in Egypt.
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I'll see you next time. al-salāmu ʿalaykum.