Women gather to sing chants with repetitive sermons at the house of the Kaliph General of the Layene Sufi Brotherhood in Yoff, Dakar. The believers are organized in groups called Dahiras. Once a year they visit the house of their highest spiritual leader to sing for him, pray with him, pay their contribution and receive his blessing. Chanting is an important element of the religious practices of the Layenes. Weekly they hold a ceremony called the ‘chants religieux’, they begin on Saturday night and continue until the dawn prayer on Sundays. The Layenes are the smallest of the four major Sufi brotherhoods in Senegal. They can be recognized by their flawless white dresses, considered a symbol of purity.
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