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Author Frigyesi, Judit, author.

Title Writing on water : the sounds of Jewish prayer / Judit Niran Frigyesi
Published Budapest, Hungary ; New York, NY : Central European University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 269 pages) ; illustrations
Summary ""Writing on Water" is a first-hand account of the thoughts, lives and rituals of the secretly practicing strictly religious Jews during the era of Communism in Eastern Europe (primarily in Budapest) with especial focus on their traditional ritual chant as part of a total acoustic experience ("soundscape"). The book is based on extensive fieldwork and analysis of orally transmitted material. The subject matter is unique both in the choice of the communities and its focus on sound. I attempt to explain how melodies and soundscapes become the sustaining/protective "environment", as well as the vehicle, for the expression of world-orientation - in a situation when open speech is inconceivable. The first part of the book is a journey toward the lives/sounds of these communities, the second contains documentary interviews, and the third describes the communities' disintegration after 1990. The book conveys scholarly results through poetry, prose-poems and art-photos"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Based on the author's fieldwork during the era of communism in Budapest and Prague
Originally published in Hungarian
Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR, viewed July 22, 2019)
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Europe, Central
Jews -- Europe, Central -- Interviews
Jews -- Europe, Central -- Music
Judaism -- Europe, Central -- Customs and practices
Music -- Performance -- Europe, Central -- 20th century
Orthodox Judaism -- Europe, Central -- History -- 20th century
Judaism -- Customs and practices.
Orthodox Judaism.
RELIGION / Judaism / General
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017048944
ISBN 9633862582
Other Titles Jelek a vizen. English
Sounds of Jewish prayer