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Recalling the Past

Linguistic and Cultural Images of the Kurtijo Sephardic Courtyard

Agnieszka August-Zarębska and Zuzanna Bułat Silva

The present article investigates the concept of kurtijo, roughly ‘courtyard’, ‘home’, in Judeo-Spanish (known also as Ladino, Djudezmo or Sephardi), the language of Sephardic Jews, currently under threat of extinction (Harris 1994, 2011). It argues that after the Holocaust kurtijo became a culturally salient word and it may be regarded as a cultural key word in Ladino. Dictionaries and texts of contemporary Ladino poets will be used as the main source of data. The meaning of kurtijo will be expressed in the form of an NSM explication (Goddard and Wierzbicka 2002, 2014).

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The Reshaping of Cairo's City of the Dead

Rural Identity versus Urban Arena in Cairene Cultural Narrative and Public Discourse

Anna Tozzi Di Marco

Cairo's City of the Dead embodies the social and cultural stratification that has occurred over the course of Egyptian history. Nowadays, its syncretic culture is a mixture of urban and rural aspects - a 'rurban' culture. In an effort to escape from the poverty of their hamlets, rural migrants started to move to the capital during the last decades of Ottoman rule, ending up in the fringe zones of the city. During the second wave of migration in the twentieth century, the poorest segments illicitly occupied abandoned or rarely visited funeral courtyards. The article explores how this district has been restructured by the occupation. It analyses the meaning of the physical and cultural transformations of funerary spaces, as well as the migrants' role in the formation of the locality.

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Wake in Guangzhou

The History of the Earth

Maria Thereza Alves

merchant quarter’s of Guangdong. The earth sample was put in the courtyard of the Guangzhou Museum so dormant seeds previously buried in deep layers could germinate when exposed. The botanist Heli Jutila writes, “Although seeds seem to be dead, they are in

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Chia-ling Lai

Holocaust. The remnants of the site of the concentration camp vividly preserve the narrow courtyards and solitary cells, showing the gender-divided dormitories, sanitary facilities, kitchens, working places, administrative areas, and clinics. Also preserved

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Avoiding Poison

Congolese Refugees Seeking Cosmological Continuity in Urban Asylum

Georgina Ramsay

to let it dissipate. Allowing the smoke to exit through the door into the communal courtyard shared with other members of the residential housing compound would make it obvious to those within the busy shared space that Consolata was cooking. With the

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Shifra Mescheloff

Temple, which consisted of the Temple building itself—the Holy Room, the Holy of Holies—and its courtyards. A rabbinic ruling expanded the prohibited area to include the rampart, grid, and the area within. The Torah permits entrance to the Temple Mount

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Sheila K. Hoffman, Sarita Sundar, Masaaki Morishita, Fabien Van Geert and Sharon Ann Holt

emerging and established artists. Four of the works reside in the original museum and former home of Mrs. Gardner, a fifteenth-century Venetian-style palazzo whose galleries surround a three-story courtyard. Three works are featured in the Renzo Piano

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Steven J. Hoffman, Fanny Wonu Veys, Joseph P Feldman, Natasha Barrett, Elsa Lenz Kothe, Antonino Crisà, Sayantan Mukhopadhyay, Masaaki Morishita and Ewa Klekot

connection to place, at least generally ( Muzaini and Yeoh 2005: 6 ). The museum is currently housed in a purpose-built one-story rectangular building with an interior courtyard. Reminiscent of a prison setting, the exterior has tall, blank white walls with

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

master ( umdze ). Some other officiants are seated on a platform right outside the doors of the assembly hall, while most of them are seated a few steps lower in the temple courtyard, in long rows protected by tarps, since rain is not uncommon at this

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What Was So Funny about Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (1973)

A Comedic Film between History and Memory

Michael Mulvey

surmountable. He rewrote the traumas of recent French history as a comedy that led to happy endings and a postcolonial marriage in the courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, where Algeria’s military conquerors lie in rest. Rabbi Jacob simultaneously denied