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 by means of point: by means of the circles within which the task occurs; the unique parts of activity that belong to girls; and the large social, old, and spiritual context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most issues that outline the wailing tradition (including the old 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 style. She additionally explores the position of wailing in dying rituals, as a healing services endowed with distinctive affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a hallmark of the Jewish exile. finally, 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 principally unexamined by way of students and should be strange to many outdoors of the center East. Her interdisciplinary standpoint and her concentrate on a uniquely woman 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