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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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Revelry and Resistance

Revelry and Resistance

Prenuptial Performances of Mockery and Ridicule

(p.63) Chapter 4 Revelry and Resistance
Ritual Soundings

Sarah Weiss

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyses women’s use of mockery and ridicule in prenuptial performance among Trinidadian and Bihari Hindus; Canadian-Moroccan and Bulgarian-Israeli Sephardic Jews; Romanian Orthodox Christians; and Muslim Tuareg smith praise singers. Following James Scott, this chapter argues that prenuptial mockery and ridicule function as weapons of the weak or the disempowered, asserting resistance to the change and loss that accompany marriage while helping to alleviate anxiety through momentary empowerment, familiarizing new social contexts for the bride and female relatives through humor and levity.

Keywords:   wedding mockery, mockery, James Scott, Trinidad Hindu, Sephardic Jewish, Romanian Christian, Muslim Tuareg Smiths, weapons of the weak, resistance, humor

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