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Ritual SoundingsWomen Performers and World Religions$
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Sarah Weiss

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042294

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042294.001.0001

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Wedding Lamentation

Wedding Lamentation

Singing Sorrow, Embodying the Future

(p.27) Chapter 2 Wedding Lamentation
Ritual Soundings

Sarah Weiss

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores wedding lamentation across cultures. Case studies from United Kingdom, Greece, Russia, and Northern India rely on data drawn from ethnographic studies and those from Finland, India, and Italy are historical, based on data drawn from documentary film, literature, and song. Examining similar phenomena occurring in different cultures, religions, and historical periods demonstrates the similar ways in which women’s performance at ritual events in different cultural and historical settings plays an important role in localizing world religions.

Keywords:   weddings, wedding lamentation, lamentation, United Kingdom, Greece, Russia, Northern India, Finland, Italy, meta-ethnography, comparison

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