By Tova Gamliel
in accordance 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 through point: through the circles within which the job occurs; the precise components of exercise that belong to ladies; and the extensive social, historic, and non secular context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most issues that outline the wailing tradition (including the old origins of women’s wailing usually and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the characteristics of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic variety. She additionally explores the position of wailing in demise rituals, as a healing services endowed with special affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a hallmark of the Jewish exile. in spite of everything, she considers wailing on the intersection of culture and modernity and examines the examine 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 should be unusual to many open air of the center East. Her interdisciplinary point of view and her specialise in a uniquely woman immigrant cultural perform will make this examine 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