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Saint Veneration Among the Jews in Morocco

by Issachar Ben-Ami

  • ISBN: 9780814321980
  • ISBN10: 0814321984

Saint Veneration Among the Jews in Morocco

by Issachar Ben-Ami

  • List Price: $54.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780814321980
  • ISBN10: 0814321984
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Description: Among Moroccan Jews, saint worship is an important cultural characteristic, practiced throughout the population. Saint Veneration among the Jews in Morocco, the only book in English on this topic, contains essential information about Moroccan Jewry available nowhere else. First published in Hebrew by The Magnes Press in 1984, this study has become a standard classic in the study of the history, culture, and religious practices of Moroccan Jewry.

Based on ten years of fieldwork, Saint Veneration among the Jews in Morocco provides the basic historical and ethnographic information about saint veneration in this new English language edition. He illuminates the intricate network that connects the saints and their faithful followers, while revealing the ideological foundation that sustains the interrelationship and ensures ritual continuity.

Using material selected from more than 1,200 testimonies collected during the course of his research, Issachar Ben-Ami describes historical and legendary types of saints, the customs and beliefs that surround them or their sanctuaries, and the practices and ceremonies that take place during or outside the hillulah, the festival that celebrates the anniversary of the death of a saint. In addition, Saint Veneration among the Jews in Morocco includes an exhaustive list of 656 saints -- 25 of whom are women -- as well as documentation of the burial sites and legendary stories of the saints' lives as they have been told by their followers and worshippers in Israel.

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