The origin word “Zaar” is not known, may be non-Arabic or Pharaoh word but some people suppose that it's origin of the Arabic word "visit" ( take a trip to the spirits world and return back to the normal world). Others suppose it means "Excuses" because at Zaar concerts are allowing the patient women do certain things beyond their habits and the way of their Community's life to satisfy their masters who controlling them (the masters here means, the bad spirits which controlling them). Despite these attempts to understand the origin of language is likely that the word is not in classical Arabic in it's assets, and may have been Egyptian Pharaonic or Egyptian slang or the creation of mankind or all together. Thousands of women in Africa and the Middle East uses Zaar in order to recover from symptoms or diseases believed to be due the “Jinn” or spirits (masters) which have Inability of medicine from the definition, diagnosis and treatment which referred the people to unknown causes or to the underworld.
In Zaar, the women dancing and do movements on the rhythm of Zaar music until falling into a lost consciousness or semi-dream or from fatigue and stress. The Zaar ceremonies in some countries controlling a full week of drums, chiming, and violent steps until the sunrise of the next day, In Egypt, Zaar party may continue for a night or several nights but not more than three nights.
There are three types of teams or musical performance in Zaar concerts:
1- Egyptian Harem (ladies).
Consists of four ladies play rhythm only (drums, tambourines, slavery, sajaat) and (ALCHAKHSHAKH)*
2- Abu El Gheit.
Are attributed to the Abu Gheit village, where some believe is the origin of the Egyptian Zar Music. The teams all are men with their Musical Instruments.
3- AL Tanboura.
The Tanboura name coming from the Musical Instrument known by it's name which all the Zaar's people believe It is one of innovation and design imagination of the "Jinn".