Reviews

On the basis of a fieldwork carried out from 2000 to 2003 in several neighbourhoods of the city of Tashkent (‘Abdulla Qodirii’, ‘Bahor’, ‘Durmon’, ‘Navoii’, ‘Sh. Burhonov’), the author depicts the evolution of the colour codes implemented locally since the 1970s for mourning clothes.  The article gives room to comparison with materials from different places in the Fergana Valley, which allows the author to underline the essentially vernacular character—and the ensuing infinite variations—of the colour codes applied to different parts of male and female clothing for mourning ceremonies, according to the participants’ respective relation to the deceased.  The author’s interest in the implementation of norms also drives her to shed light on the different lengths of mourning durations (from seven to eleven months), or on the very different dishes served at funerary meals, according to different places and different periods of time.  She also notices the magical character attributed to the clothes of the deceased, and its influence on their distribution among its folks.

The Redaction
CER: I-7.4.G-679