Weeping out Loud:

Embodiment in the Contemporary Lament Learning Process

Authors

  • Elina Hytönen-Ng University of Eastern Finland
  • Emilia Kallonen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54337/ojs.jos.v9i1/2.7916

Abstract

Lamenting is a bodily experience, a means of expressing grief or sorrow, involving the shedding of tears and crying while singing. It stands as a deeply communal expression of grief and other profound emotions. This tradition is global and has been found in different parts of the world, from rural China (McLaren 2008) to Bangladesh (Wilce 2009) and from Ireland (McLaughlin 2019) to Greece (Caraveli-Chaves 1980). While some variation exists across traditions, a common thread worldwide is that laments have predominantly been oral traditions among women (McLaren 2008, 2). In this article, we look at the learning process of lamenting in contemporary Finland from a bodily and experiential perspective using somatics and somaesthetics as our framework.

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Published

10-01-2024