By Tova Gamliel
in line 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 specified parts of pastime that belong to ladies; and the wide social, old, and non secular context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most issues that outline the wailing tradition (including the historic origins of women’s wailing commonly and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the features of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic sort. She additionally explores the position of wailing in dying rituals, as a healing services endowed with targeted 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 research of wailing as a real methodological challenge.
Gamliel brings a delicate eye to the vanishing perform of wailing, which has been mostly unexamined by way of students and should be surprising to many open air of the center East. Her interdisciplinary point of view and her concentrate on a uniquely woman immigrant cultural perform will make this examine interesting interpreting 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