By Tova Gamliel
in response to participant-observervation in houses of the bereaved and on twenty-four in-depth interviews with wailing men and women, Gamliel illuminates wailing tradition point by way of point: via the circles during which the task occurs; the certain parts of pastime that belong to girls; and the wide social, historic, and spiritual context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most subject matters that outline the wailing tradition (including the historic origins of women’s wailing more often than not and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the features of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic kind. She additionally explores the position of wailing in demise 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 means of students and should be unusual to many outdoors of the center East. Her interdisciplinary standpoint and her specialise in a uniquely woman immigrant cultural perform will make this research interesting examining 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