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lament

a poem or song in which a death is lamented
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The repertoires of contemporary funerary laments, collected and recorded during my field work in Luxor, reveal the fact that many lamenters compare death to earthquakes and natural cataclysms, including cosmic events and other spontaneous acts of nature which trigger destruction and misfortune.
Therefore, (semi-) professional lamenters have had a secure role in traditional societies, guaranteeing with their poetical and technical mastery both the successful accomplishment of the ritual and its emotionally rational calibration.
Lamenting that is a work of the Spirit fosters compassion, whereby lamenters become "kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you" (Eph 4:32).
Royal advisers--diviners, lamenters, and exorcists--became the bearers of wisdom and antediluvian knowledge and the mediators between humans and gods.
Through direct address, interrogative apostrophes, incantations, wails, and shrieks the female lamenters are believed to commune with the spirit of the dead at the same time that they articulate the emotions and anxieties of their respective communities.
in part because of lamenters like John Manley (in Cohen 2-3), or Michael Ignatieff (most operatically in Saunders), or via the allusive economies of Stephen Slemons trenchant and suggestive ESC essay on the prospects for comparative literature, "Lament for a Notion.
She has pursued fieldwork in Finland with Finnish-Karelian ritual lamenters and among conservatory musicians in the United States.
The combination of Handel's astonishingly vivid, pictorial score and the compelling, urgent account of it by Paul McCreesh's Gabrieli Consort and Players proved irresistible almost up to the final moment; it was only a maudlin sequence of numbers mourning the defunct Saul which allowed impatience to set in, and wonderment at the hypocrisy of those lamenters who had had so much for which to hate the psychotic ruler (perhaps there was an element of drumming up support for the Georgian monarchy here).
280) homogeneous, rational, deliberative discursive world idealized by Habermas and other lamenters of the public's transformation-cum-decline.
5) But most of the contributors to Steve Bruce's valuable collection, Religion and Modernization: Historians and Sociologists Debate the Secularization Thesis, for example, are more lamenters than either triumphalists or neutral observers.