By Tova Gamliel

ISBN-10: 0814334768

ISBN-13: 9780814334768

The time period “wailing tradition” comprises an array of women’s behaviors and ideology following the loss of life of a member in their ethnic workforce and is common of Jewish existence in Yemeni tradition. imperative to the perform is wailing itself—a unique creative style that mixes speech with sobbing into relocating lyrical poetry that explores the which means of loss of life and loss. In Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing tradition of Yemenite Jewish Women, Tova Gamliel decodes the cultural and mental meanings of this tradition in an ethnography in response to her anthropological study between Yemenite Jewish groups in Israel in 2001–2003.

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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