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The Medium Is the Matzo: Building a show, and a house, out of matzo
“Passover is my favourite holiday, because I see Passover as a springboard to talk about contemporary forms of oppression that need to be abolished,” Shiff explains. “A lot of my art involves reinventing rituals.

“The way I see Passover is that it’s the first act of civil disobedience by a people. I want to take that original act of civil disobedience, rising up against the pharaohs of the day, and make it meaningful to all today. It starts with Judaism here, but it leads talk about oppression in general.”
judaism  ritual  holiday  activism  art  power  religion 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Japan as a rice culture? Not so quick, says anthropologist | The Japan Times Online
"The power of the rice ideology meant that non-agrarian populations were written off from history. To say that Japan is a rice culture is to deny the presence of others," she said.

By the 20th century, though, rice was firmly entrenched in the national diet — and with the rise of Japan's militarism, its aggressions in mainland Asia, and then World War II, the humble seed's symbolism took a darker turn.

"Agrarian ideology was ruthlessly used by the military government," wrote Ohnuki-Tierney in her 1993 book. "White rice, that is, domestic rice, was construed to represent the purity of the Japanese self.
food  japan  asia  ritual  history  power 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Karaoke industry may be facing the music - latimes.com
For what was supposed to have been a flash in the pan, the karaoke phenomenon has had a long run. Musician Inoue Daisuke created the karaoke machine in 1971 using a car stereo, a coin box and an amplifier; the first karaoke "box" venue opened in 1984 in a converted freight car in a Japanese rice field.

The 1990s brought a surge in popularity for karaoke, which means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, not "tone-deaf" as urban legends have it.

"In the beginning, karaoke was kind of a gimmicky thing," said Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine. "But it's worked its way into all the cracks in the culture."
karaoke  music  drinking  losangeles  ritual  public  alcohol  entertainment  leisure  recession  publishing 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stanford survey finds iPhone habit-forming - San Jose Mercury News
"One of the most striking things we saw in the interviews was just how identified people were with their iPhone ... It was not so much with the object itself, but it had so much personal information that it became a kind of extension of the mind and a means to have a social life. It just kind of captured part of their identity."
apple  iphone  mobile  study  research  academia  stanford  technology  ritual  attention  nokia 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Even a Radiohead fan can appreciate Mozart - The Boston Globe
So don’t treat classical music as a once-a-year excuse to dress up and get a nice dinner. It is music. It’s meant to be loved by the young, hormone-crazed masses, loved the very same way we love Radiohead and the Arcade Fire. It should lie at the center of everyday life, spark our wildest conversations and profoundest thoughts, be the soundtrack to falling in love. There’s a galaxy of music in our city that needs our love, and I know we’ve got it in us.
classical  music  classicalmusic  ritual  boston  beauty  rock  education 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | Inside the biggest, weirdest funeral ever
People vigorously punched in text messages, but no one looked up or attempted to converse with their fellow mourners. There was no crying, no yelling, none of the palpable gravity of Princess Diana's memorial. As I watched the man next to me push buttons on his iPhone, it began to dawn on me how much and how fast our society has changed. These days, the best way to collectively experience a mass event may be alone, in front of one's television or computer.
technology  mobile  death  public  social  society  ritual  television 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Flutes Offer Clues to Stone-Age Music - NYTimes.com
It so happens, as Dr. Conard and his co-authors, Susanne C. Münzel of Tubingen and Maria Malina of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, noted, the Hohle Fels flute was uncovered in sediments a few feet away from the carved figurine of a busty, nude woman, also around 35,000 years old. The discovery was announced in May by Dr. Conard.

Was this evidence of happy hours after the hunt? Fertility rites or social bonding? The German archaeologists suggested that music in the Stone Age “could have contributed to the maintenance of larger social networks, and thereby perhaps have helped facilitate the demographic and territorial expansion of modern humans.”
music  ritual  history  europe  social  men  women  demography  leisure  archeology 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Where the prayer caller sounds a timeless note - Los Angeles Times
[...] When the last foot slides into the last sandal and the mosque empties, Abdel Fattah locks the doors, descends the steps, turns the corner and walks past vegetable bins and meat dangling on a butcher's hook. The alley fills with sound: the mattress makers beating cotton; the boys gathering tin and garbage; the broom seller, weighted down as if balancing a clutch of rifles, yelling out his prices.

Abdel Fattah will return to the mosque in a few hours, slipping back into the cool half-light, his voice lifting over rooftops.
egypt  cairo  islam  religion  africa  middleeast  music  ritual  aging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Ken Mondschein's "History of Single Life"
"So while conservatives might point to the fact that the per-capita divorce rate has dropped 5% since 1980, the fact is, the marriage rate has also dropped 50% since 1970. Divorce rates have fallen simply because less of us are getting married."
divorce  men  marriage  women  relationships  culture  ritual  law 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The divorce rate in Delhi has doubled: that's worthy of celebratory bhangra | Sathnam Sanghera - Times Online
"Families are the last people who should be entrusted with the task of finding you a spouse, for they are incapable of appreciating that you may have changed since the age of 12."
marriage  india  uk  relationships  families  ritual 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Daniel Holloway: Heath Ledger Cannot Hear You Clap
"'I approve of this exploding cop car/snappy rejoinder/gratuitous nude scene, and I want those around me to know I approve. I will clap now.' You're making a conscious decision to be a jackass."
movies  cinema  film  ritual  obituaries  behavior  social 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Ink Q&A - Nikolai Grozni
"Life is absurd — and so is enlightenment. Life is funny — and so is enlightenment. Life is larger than categories, absolutes, and dogmas. And so is enlightenment."
buddhism  religion  spirituality  travel  india  aesthetics  humor  ritual  memory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CBC.ca: Snap to it
"I can see it being like, survival of the fittest, now that party photos are a commodity. The more you have, the better; the more people who want to take your photo, the cooler you are, I guess."
photography  ritual  documentary  beauty  art  cities  urban 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dave Hill: Gender stereotypes hurt men too | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"All else being equal, to be born male is to inherit legacies of entitlement that continue to outweigh those bestowed on those born female. Yet the state of maleness carries its own burden of expectations and constraints."
activism  culture  feminism  gender  men  women  identity  society  ritual 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Feelies, Reborn for the Fourth of July - NYTimes.com
“I think in a loose way the idea of keeping it minimal goes beyond just the music. It’s my whole approach to everything. Don’t say too much whenever possible. We’re just trying to get the most impact out of the least amount.”
minimalism  1980s  music  aesthetics  identity  ritual  art  rock 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Charles Arthur: God help us if machines ever think like people | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"The deliberative system requires something closer to language; it's younger, and it and the ancestral system frequently disagree and fight like two cats in a bag. The older one, being better wired into our subconscious, often gets the upper hand."
history  ritual  sex  marketing  animals  theory  robots  creativity  evolution 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cairo Journal - With a Word, Egyptians Leave It All to Fate - NYTimes.com
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Christian or a Muslim. I’m going to take you to your house, arriving there in a decent amount of time is already a miracle. Of course I say inshallah!”
ritual  religion  egypt  islam  aesthetics  identity  christianity  language 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > nyclife > Gay Pride in the Outer Boroughs by Tony Phillips
"Don't forget, the South Bronx is still emerging economically from the devastation of decades of political and cultural neglect. We are a large community with a lot of complexity and particularities—not just sexual issues."
identity  gay  nyc  cities  urban  ritual  aesthetics  politics  police 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gay marriage may be a gift to California's economy - Los Angeles Times
"[G]ay weddings could provide a $370-million boost to the state economy. That estimate presumes that about half of California's 92,000 same-sex couples will tie the knot, multiplied by $8,040 [...]"
politics  marriage  law  gender  gay  california  economy  ritual 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Young Gay Rites - Marriages and Weddings - Boston - New York Times
“Honey, am I a gay cliché?” "You can’t be a gay cliché when you get married to a man at 22.”
gay  marriage  relationships  identity  boston  massachusetts  ritual  youth  love 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Francesca Harper and Eric Cohen - Vows-Weddings - New York Times
“It’s about embracing our differences and imperfections, and seeing them as beautiful and accepted.”
love  relationships  identity  work  nyc  dating  marriage  ritual 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cafe Talk | Talking Points Memo | Cultus, not Cult: Obama and the Rationality of Civic Religion
"Cultus by contrast, is a term used in the study of religion to denote those ritual practices in which a community comes together to establish a collective picture of the world, themselves, and their place in it."
elections  2008  campaigns  obama  religion  behavior  ritual  aesthetics  community  story 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Scientific American: Super Tuesday: Markets Predict Outcome Better Than Polls
Back in the day, "[n]ewspapers would routinely run stories on the odds for a particular candidate, reports that often proved to be surprisingly prescient. In that sense, prediction markets may truly hark back to the future."
behavior  politics  ritual  newspapers  media  information  economics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco Bay Guardian: How the polyamorous celebrate Valentine's Day
"What I want to do in a relationship is something that's a function of the other person's want. I don't just do whatever they want, but if a partner doesn't like Valentine's Day, it doesn't give me a lot of joy to make her celebrate it."
love  marriage  relationships  identity  ritual 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New Year’s Eve - New York Times
"I remember the resolutions I made when I was younger. I find myself thinking that one way to describe nature is a realm where resolutions have no meaning."
ritual  brain  thinking  memory  aging  nature 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Challenging Tradition, Young Jews Worship on Their Terms - New York Times
"There was this disbelief that I was actually doing this, and the other piece was very spiritual, that I was leading the community in prayer and in communication with God."
religion  judaism  feminism  spirituality  ritual  identity 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Dance of Evolution, or How Art Got Its Start - New York Times
"Through the harmonic magic of art, the relative weakness of the individual can be traded up for the strength of the hive, cohered into a social unit ready to take on the world."
art  creativity  science  public  social  ritual  beauty  aesthetics  identity 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Majority of Marriages End Before 25 Years, Census Finds - New York Times
"Among adults 25 and older who had been divorced, 52 percent of men and 44 percent of women were currently married. On average, people who remarry typically wed again in about [3.5] years. Second marriages [...]end in divorce [in] about 8.6 years."
marriage  relationships  men  women  ritual  love 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A foot in the grave, and loving it - Los Angeles Times
"Many foreigners ask: How can there be skeleton boxers or skeletons drinking? Isn't it a lack of respect? For a Mexican, it's not. It's part of our reality. We share this, all us human beings."
mexico  death  latino  latinamerica  ritual  history  museums  art  aesthetics  identity 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
'With this ring ...' | Family and relationships | Life and Health
"Given the chance, I could make marrying a regular habit, even a way of life. Why not? California's a good place to be. And I already have the ceremony written for next time."
uk  marriage  relationships  ritual  friendship 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Senegal's Lent fasts evoke Islam's Ramadan | In Depth | Reuters
"Even if one's family becomes Catholic, they're linked through many community connections to many, many Muslims.'
religion  ritual  relationships  christianity  islam  africa  senegal  spirituality  food 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered
“You used to get married to have sex. Now one of the major reasons to get married is to have children, and the attractiveness of having children has declined for many people because of the cost.”
marriage  gender  gay  population  usa  relationships  love  men  women  identity  religion  ritual  friendship  community  children  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NNS: Young Iranians Find New Meaning in Ancient Death Rituals
It's out of respect for our family so we do it, but when I go to visit him alone, I feel he knows I'm there. That's when I think I'm actually reaching him again."
death  iran  islam  family  families  ritual  memory  food  obituaries  religion 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Scheduling Sex Is Sizzling Hot
"I can come up behind her on a day that's not a 'sex day' and she knows I'm cuddling, kissing or fondling because I love her and want to be close to her, not because I'm trying to get her to have sex."
sex  men  women  gender  relationships  marriage  gtd  sleep  work  health  ritual  time 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
James Blunt ballad voted most popular at funerals
"Everyone has a favourite song that means something very special to them, often connected to a particular time and place. When the song is played, this can be a very emotive reminder of that person."
songwriting  death  music  pop  rock  aesthetics  ritual  religion  identity 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The Raw Story | Dirty jokes
"And I recognize it is a bit odd to complain about my exclusion from juvenile locker-room type talk, but it is a form of bonding, a form of camaraderie. And if women are excluded from it entirely, it is just one more room we are shut out of."
men  women  gender  social  comedy  humor  public  story  culture  aesthetics  identity  relationships  power  love  pron  ritual 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
In Latin America, a Religious Turf War
"The state is not keeping abreast of this process. Neither is the Catholic Church. They can't assign new priests as quickly to the places where the population is growing. The evangelical groups get there faster. [...]"
brazil  latinamerica  religion  christianity  music  dance  ritual 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
ChiTrib: Catholicism stirs cultural challenge in Africa
"The whole thrust of inculturation is effective proclamation of the gospel. Jesus talked to people in terms that were familiar to them. In contemporary evangelization we're trying to do the same thing--express the gospel in a way it makes sense."
africa  religion  christianity  music  dance  ritual 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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