Mother, daughter, sister, bride: rituals of womanhood

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National Geographic, Nov 1, 2005 - History - 223 pages
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Compelling photographs and text by broadcast journalist Lisa Ling, and anthropologist Joanne Eicher combine to address four levels of ritual: Self, Family, Community, and Sisterhood. Each chapter reveals the actions through which women connect with their families, members of their communities, and with each other, from Quinciniera parties celebrating a Hispanic girl turning 15, to pre-wedding henna parties in the Middle East, where women decorate the bride for her day. Stunning photographs from the National Geographic archive range through time and around the world. Complementing Eicher's four revealing essays are riveting profiles by Lisa Ling, who as host of the weekly television program, National Geographic Explorer, has traveled the world, observing and documenting these rituals from her unique perspective as 21st century journalist: The ritual of a mother sending her teenage son into the street as a suicide bomber; Or the beauty ritual of a lovely young woman undergoing plastic surgery because it is expected of her in her society. Together this accomplished author team provides a fascinating look at the historical, cultural, emotional, and personal impact of women's rituals.

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