By Saul M. Olyan
A complete research of the ritual dimensions of biblical mourning rites, this e-book additionally seeks to light up mourning's social dimensions via engagement with anthropological dialogue of mourning, from Hertz and van Gennep to contemporaries akin to Metcalf and Huntington and Bloch and Parry.
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Additional resources for Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions
G. Radcliﬀe-Brown, The Andaman Islanders, 285, and Bloch and Parry, Death and the Regeneration of Life, 41–2. 41 On the need to restructure social roles after a death from a cross-cultural perspective, see S. C. Humphreys, ‘Death and Time’, in S. C. Humphreys and H. ), Mortality and Immortality: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Death (London: Academic Press, 1981), 261–83. See also the comments of V. Turner, writing about the Ndembu of Zambia: ‘In all life-crisis rituals changes take place in the relationships of all those people closely connected with the subject of the ritual.
The locus in which a mourning activity occurs and the extent to which particular mourning types are restricted spatially varies. For example, while mourning the dead probably occurred most frequently in a domestic setting and certainly never in a sanctuary locus, texts suggest that communal petitionary mourning characteristically occurred in a sanctuary setting and individual petition either in the home, in a sanctuary, or wherever the petitioner ﬁnds himself. The presence or absence of pollution is yet another point of contrast or similarity among mourning types.
On 108, the mourner is said to identify ‘for a time’ with the dead, and Feldman’s study of the identiﬁcation of the mourner with the dead is cited with approbation (n. 30, 108). I assume that with the mention of ‘emotional identiﬁcation’, Anderson again refers to identiﬁcation with the ‘plight’ of the dead. 33 Israel’s Beneﬁcent Dead, 177–8. g. Spronk, Beatiﬁc Afterlife, 245–6; Podella, Íoˆ m-Fasten, 273. 31 Mourning the Dead 41 mourners apparently take on the same physical appearance as the dead.