The Hyena People: Ethiopian Jews in Christian Ethiopia

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University of California Press, 7 de des. 1999 - 168 pàgines
The Jews (Falasha) of northwestern Ethiopia are a unique example of a Jewish group living within an ancient, non-Western, predominantly Christian society. Hagar Salamon presents the first in-depth study of this group, called the "Hyena people" by their non-Jewish neighbors. Based on more than 100 interviews with Ethiopian immigrants now living in Israel, Salamon's book explores the Ethiopia within as seen through the lens of individual memories and expressed through ongoing dialogues. It is an ethnography of the fantasies and fears that divide groups and, in particular, Jews and non-Jews.

Recurring patterns can be seen in Salamon's interviews, which thematically touch on religious disputations, purity and impurity, the concept of blood, slavery and conversion, supernatural powers, and the metaphors of clay vessels, water, and fire.

The Hyena People helps unravel the complex nature of religious coexistence in Ethiopia and also provides important new tools for analyzing and evaluating inter-religious, interethnic, and especially Jewish-Christian relations in a variety of cultural and historical contexts.
 

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Continguts

Introduction
1
Insults and Ciphers The Vocabulary of Denigration
17
Christian Land Sabbath Milk and the Magic of Fire
25
The Jew as Buda Hyena in Human Form
35
Gift Giving and the Multiple Meanings of Knives and Sheep
41
Christian Help with Jewish Dead Mitigating the Crisis of Impurity
47
Religious Holidays Inclusion and Exclusion
53
The TwiceDisguised Hyena
65
Crucifiers and Idol Makers Judaism and Christianity in the Village Square
83
Our Blood Their Blood Menstruation Slaughter and Eating
97
The Battle of Metaphors Fire and Water versus Clay Vessels
105
Transformations
117
Notes
125
Glossary
139
References
141
Index
151

Flesh and Bones Jewish Masters Jewish Slaves
73

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Sobre l'autor (1999)

Hagar Salamon is a Lecturer in the Department of Jewish and Comparative Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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