By Tova Gamliel
in keeping with participant-observervation in houses of the bereaved and on twenty-four in-depth interviews with wailing men and women, Gamliel illuminates wailing tradition point via point: by means of the circles during which the task happens; the certain parts of pastime that belong to girls; and the extensive social, historic, and non secular context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most topics that outline the wailing tradition (including the ancient origins of women’s wailing regularly and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the qualities of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic variety. She additionally explores the function of wailing in dying rituals, as a healing services endowed with detailed affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a trademark of the Jewish exile. finally, she considers wailing on the intersection of culture and modernity and examines the learn of wailing as a real methodological challenge.
Gamliel brings a delicate eye to the vanishing perform of wailing, which has been principally unexamined by way of students and will be unusual to many open air of the center East. Her interdisciplinary standpoint and her concentrate on a uniquely lady immigrant cultural perform will make this research attention-grabbing analyzing for students of anthropology, gender, folklore, psychology, functionality, philosophy, and sociology.
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Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology) by Tova Gamliel