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Ritual Medical Lore of Sephardic Women Sweetening the Spirits, Healing the Sick

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ISBN-10: 0252026977

ISBN-13: 9780252026973

Edition: 2002

Authors: Isaac Jack L�vy, Rosemary L�vy Zumwalt, Isaac Jack L�vy, Rosemary L�vy Zumwalt

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Ritual Medical Lore of Sephardic Women preserves the precious remnants of a rich culture on the verge of extinction while affirming women's pivotal role in the health of their communities. Centered around extensive interviews with elders of the Sephardic communities of the former Ottoman Empire, this volume illuminates a fascinating complex of preventive and curative rituals conducted by women at home--rituals that ensured the physical and spiritual well-being of the community and functioned as a vital counterpart to the public rites conducted by men in the synagogues. Isaac Jack Lvy and Rosemary Lvy Zumwalt take us into the homes and families of Sephardim in Turkey, Israel, Greece, the…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 12/5/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Keeping the Spirits Happy, Keeping the Family Healthy
The Sephardim of the Ottoman Empire
Memories of Time Past
The Power of Speech
"Let It Go to the Garlic!"
Narrating Health, Marking the Social
The Treasured Medicine and the Blessed Cure
Prekante: A Ritual Prayer for Curing
Saradura: The Ritual of Enclosure
App.: Interviewees