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Wooden prayer board or 'lohn', Sudan, 1801-1910

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Credit: Wooden prayer board or 'lohn', Sudan, 1801-1910. Credit: Science Museum, London. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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Islamic holy men, known as fikas, write phrases from the Qu’ran (the holy book of Islam) or mystic inscriptions on wooden boards, known as lohn or prayer boards. When the ink is dry, it is washed from the board and drunk or applied to the body to cure illness. This practice is known as El Mahara. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Sudan


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