By Mary M. Doi
The nationwide dancers of Uzbekistan are mainly lady. In a society that has been Muslim for almost 700 years, why and the way did unveiled girl dancers turn into a loved nationwide icon in the course of the Soviet interval? additionally, why has their recognition persisted after the Uzbek republic grew to become self sustaining? the writer argues that dancers, as symbolic ''girls'' or single adult females within the Uzbek kinship method, are potent mediators among prolonged relations teams, and the Uzbek geographical region. the feminine dancing physique turned a otabula rasa'' upon which the country inscribed, and reinscribed, buildings of ''Uzbek'' nationalism.
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They thought I was cold. ” It was getting wet. I had no sense. Firuza evoked a vital picture of her life as a young girl, married shortly after puberty and surrounded by her relatives and in-laws. Her wedding included ancient customs that some Uzbeks told me dated back to the pre-Islamic times, perhaps remnants of Zoroastrian fire worship. Women told me that a bride was supposed to serve her in-laws. Her surprise at the care she received in her husband’s house as a new bride probably reflects her low status in the household.
They built two units in his half of the compound in anticipation of the day the boys would marry. The groom’s family had to provide housing upon marriage, and the bride’s family had to provide furnishings for her house and an elab- Gender, Kinship, and Nationalism 33 orate wardrobe. In this family, the second brother and his wife were pleased because they had housing ready for two of their sons. The units, consisting of a kitchen, living room, and bedroom, would go to the eldest and youngest sons.
I am the granddaughter of Kalandar. I am the granddaughter of (unintelligible). They are all from here. They are all dead. Relative : What is your age? How old was your mother? Firuza : I am seventy-four years old . . MD : When did you get married? ” MD : How was your wedding? What happened? Firuza : My youth was smashing. My grandparents and in-laws were alive. All of these people passed on to the other world. The good world. I am going to be there too. Neighbor : Talk about your marriage. What kind of bride were you?