’Why Do Your Eyes Not Run Like A River?’: Ritual Tears in Ancient and Modern  Greek Funerary Traditions

Title

’Why Do Your Eyes Not Run Like A River?’: Ritual Tears in Ancient and Modern Greek Funerary Traditions

Format

Contribution to a Book

Book Title

Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination

First Page

67

Last Page

82

Editor

Kimpberly C. Patton and John Stratton Hawley

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Description

What religion does not serve as a theater of tears? Holy Tears addresses this all but universal phenomenon with passion and precision, ranging from Mycenaean Greece up through the tragedy of 9/11. Sixteen authors, including many leading voices in the study of religion, offer essays on specific topics in religious weeping while also considering broader issues such as gender, memory, physiology, and spontaneity. A comprehensive, elegantly written introduction offers a key to these topics. Given the pervasiveness of its theme, it is remarkable that this book is the first of its kind--and it is long overdue.

~publisher's description

ISBN

978-0691114439

Publication Date

2005

Publisher

Princeton University Press

City

Princeton, NJ

Disciplines

Religion