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  1. Gnawanoun

    Any member of an ethnic group and Sufi religious order in Morocco.

    Etymology: غناوة. The name appears to originate from the Saharan Berber dialect word aguinaw (or agenaou) (Arabic أݣناو), meaning black (men), perhaps itself derived from the name of a city significant in the 11th century, in what is now western Mali, called Gana, in Arabic Ghana or Jenna and in Portuguese and later French Guinea or Jenné.


  1. Gnawa

    The Gnawa people originated from North and West Africa; to be precise the ancient Ghanaian Empire of Ouagadougou. This name Gnawa is taken from one of the indigenous languages of the Sahara Desert called Tamazight. The phonology of this term according to the grammatical principles of Tamazight is as follows: Gnawi, Gnawa and Gnawn. The Gnawa are an ethnic group whom, with the passing of time became a part of the Sufi order in Morocco. This kingdom bordered Morocco and Algeria's southern borders, and had a 300 year blood war with Morocco, prior to both countries forging a long lasting peace accord. Evidence of this is found is the tribal oral tradition of both countries. The result of which saw unprecedented levels of marriages between the Gnawis and Soussis of Morocco. A small percentage of this community were given to Morocco's monarch as workers as a token and seal of the aforementioned accord. They traveled to Morocco by way of tribal caravans during the hours of trade Trans-Saharan trade.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnawa in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnawa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    prevent from being seen or discovered
    • A. signify
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