By Tova Gamliel
according 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 through point: by means of the circles during which the task occurs; the particular components of activity that belong to ladies; and the extensive social, ancient, and spiritual context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most subject matters that outline the wailing tradition (including the ancient origins of women’s wailing often and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the characteristics of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic style. She additionally explores the function of wailing in demise rituals, as a healing services endowed with exact affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a trademark 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 mostly unexamined by means of students and will be strange to many outdoor of the center East. Her interdisciplinary viewpoint and her concentrate on a uniquely lady immigrant cultural perform will make this research attention-grabbing 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