By Jan Bremmer, Lourens Van Den Bosch
Between Poverty and the Pyre examines the background of the adventure of widowhood throughout diversified cultures. It brings jointly a suite of essays through historians, anthropologists and philologists. The publication indicates how tricky it truly is to outline the 'typical' widow, because the stories of those girls have differed so extensively, now not just because in their diversified time classes and destinations, but in addition becuase in their various felony and spiritual prestige and monetary stipulations. The learn is diversified with matters starting from: *Hindu other halves who their husbands to the pyre *widows who have been burned as witches *and widows who needed to develop into prostitutes to stick alive. The e-book additionally explores Jesus's curiosity in widows and the event of a few famous widows, corresponding to Mohammed's first spouse.
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Judaism has not had a cult of virginity; yet the celebration of the devout and chaste widow in the figure of Judith might be understood as the Jewish version of a religiousness that was basically inimical to the flesh. 36 A retrospective look at the data surveyed in this contribution brings out a regrettable lopsidedness. The image of the widow which the Israelite texts convey is often more prescriptive than descriptive. A look at comparative data from civilizations surrounding Israel supports the impression that the widow was above all an ambiguous figure.
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Between Poverty and the Pyre: Moments in the History of Widowhood by Jan Bremmer, Lourens Van Den Bosch