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Daemon
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The Death Wail

The death wail is a cry of mourning performed ritually in response to the death of a loved one. Though found in numerous cultures, it is closely associated with Australian Aboriginal peoples. Some accounts of the death wail describe its presence in conjunction with fighting and disputes. For instance, Edward Eyre, a British colonial administrator in 19th-century Australia, documented its usage between members of two rival tribes. Where can you listen to an 1898 recording of a death wail? More...
Surajyusuf
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"whoever says he dont knw hw to cry his mother not die".
curmudgeonine
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:14:14 AM

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A wax cylinder recording of the death wail of a Torres Strait Islander, made in 1898, exists in the Ethnographic Wax Cylinder collection maintained by the British Library.
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"She began the high, whining keen of the death wail...It rose to a high piercing whine and subsided into a moan. Mama raised it three times and then she turned and went into the house".... (Mama Torres, Pepe's mother in the great short story “Flight” by John Steinbeck)
Haz
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Has there ever been an example of the English having a death wail?
I have never heard of it in England.
Marguerite
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:13:18 PM

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I really resonate with the living standards of the tribal people, any tribal people. I think we as humans live best in tribes. The Australian tribe seems to have such solidarity that they have a wailing cry for their newly dead. The Israeli have their wailing wall and the Bedouin tribes have a female screeching ritual denoting their grief at the newly dead. I like the idea of the body registering its grief through an organ, in this case the voice.
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Interesting.
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