The Resource El Sebou' - Egyptian Birth Ritual, (online streaming)

El Sebou' - Egyptian Birth Ritual, (online streaming)

Label
El Sebou' - Egyptian Birth Ritual
Title
El Sebou' - Egyptian Birth Ritual
Contributor
Film director
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Egypt, a birth ritual called el-sebou', meaning "the seventh", happens on the seventh day following the physical birth of a child of either sex and is celebrated by Coptic and Muslim families of all status groups, rural and urban. Characteristic of this ritual is the gender-linked imagery also manifest in the ritual clay pot. The ceremony celebrates the newborn's crossing a threshold from a neutral gender and status into a world of gender differentiation and family hierarchy. This particular sebou' is celebrated for twins, a boy and a girl, in a rising middle class Muslim family in urban Egypt. Anthropologist Fadwa El Guindi portrays the sebou' ritual as a rite of passage with the universal three phases of transition (separation, liminality, incorporation) and as the key ceremony in an individual's life cycle until marriage. Focusing on - and showing the proveniences of - the variety of objects and materials, the film's perspective highlights the central role of the female ritual leader and provides a kinesthetic spatial sense of the ceremony. The editing combines both an analytic and an emic approach, allowing the participants to speak for themselves without losing a broader anthropological perspective. About Egypt series: Fadwa El Guindi is currently Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Qatar; founding director and research anthropologist at El Nil Research in Los Angeles; and Co-Editor of the new social science journal Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life. In addition to her innovative, award-winning films, she is widely published and gives lectures and workshops internationally on Arab and Muslim Americans. Her renowned expertise on the Middle East has been sought by the media, the UN, and the US government. Her most recent book, Visual Anthropology: Essential Method and Theory, is available from AltaMira Press. Recommended for use in courses on archaeology, general anthropology, material culture, rural Arab culture, and rural arts and crafts
Cataloging source
CaSfKAN
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 1986
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  • El Guindi, Fadwa
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
27
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  • Children
  • Cultural change
  • Rural population
  • Islam
  • Childbirth
  • Women
Technique
live action
Label
El Sebou' - Egyptian Birth Ritual, (online streaming)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1049098
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 28 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1049098
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900276172
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
El Sebou' - Egyptian Birth Ritual, (online streaming)
Link
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1049098
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 28 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1049098
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900276172
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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