The Zar Ceremony is a dance ritual popular in Egypt, and is attributed to have its origins in Africa. The ritual spread beyond the Horn of Africa in the 18th or 19th centuries due to the slave trade and became popular in Egypt as a form of exorcism. Today, zar is most popular in southern Egypt. The word zār means “to visit” or “visitation”. With jinn , which refers to dark spirit mentioned many times in the Qu’ran, it is no surprise that zar rituals became popular throughout the Middle East, but particularly in Egypt. When the dark spirit possesses people, they are believed to remain with the hosts forever, unless a clearing is performed. The specific music played at the zar ritual is believed to please and call forth the jinn.