Magic and consecration of smell

Nacef Nakbi

Nirvana

Tunisia

  Essay

French

The many observations collected concern ritual practices that are several thousand years old and which, going beyond the local socio-cultural framework, are fundamentally part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, and many elements of which – because of their immateriality and, in particular, the oral nature of their transmission from mother to daughter – have unfortunately disappeared, or are in the process of doing so. This work would therefore make it possible, if not to ensure their total and complete safeguarding, at least to keep a written record of these oral traditions, which are fragile and in danger of disappearing. 

Born in 1939 in Tunis, Nacef Nakbi is a doctor in psychology, teacher-researcher, writer and poet. He was a lecturer in social psychology at the University Institute of Technology of the University of Caen from 1971 to 2005. In addition to numerous scientific articles on the concept of self and psychosocial identity, Nakbi is notably the author of collections of poetry and stories.