What does ZAR mean?

Definitions for ZAR

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ZAR.


  1. Zār

    Zār or Zaar is a religious custom. Apparently originating in central Ethiopia during the 18th century, later spreading throughout East and North Africa. Zār custom involves the possession of an individual by a spirit. It is also observed in Egypt, Sudan, southern Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. A featured musical instrument in the Zār ritual is the tanbura, a six-string lyre, which, like the Zār practice itself, exists in various forms in an area stretching from East Africa to the Arabian Peninsula. Other instruments include the mangour, a leather belt sewn with many goat hooves, and various percussion instruments. The Zār cult served as a refuge for women and effeminate men in conservative, Muslim-dominated Sudan. In Ethiopia, zār also refers to malevolent spirits. Many Ethiopian Christians and Muslims believe in these spirits. Among both groups, mental illness is often attributed to zār possession. In Ethiopia, zār possession is more common among women, while among immigrants in the West, men are more commonly afflicted. At the same time, many Ethiopians believe in benevolent, protective spirits, or abdar. While this belief in abdar and zār fits the traditional dualism of good and evil, it is also deeply rooted in superstition.

Suggested Resources

  1. zār

    Song lyrics by zār -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by zār on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. ZĀR

    What does ZĀR stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ZĀR acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ZAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ZAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Images & Illustrations of ZAR


Translations for ZAR

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for ZAR »


Find a translation for the ZAR definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these ZAR definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"ZAR." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 19 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/ZAR>.

Are we missing a good definition for ZAR? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for ZAR:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.