Ibrahim Muhawi

in Speak, Bird, Speak Again

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1989 | ISBN: 9780520062924
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520908734 | DOI:

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This chapter presents a Palestinian folktale that portrays the early stirrings of sexuality, when they are still subjective feelings and before formal arrangements for marriage have been made. The theme of sexual awakening is manifested in the bird's preparation for marriage. By collecting her trousseau, and by beautifying and putting herself on display, she arouses the interest of the sultan's son.

Keywords: Palestinian folktale; bird; marriage; sexual awakening; sexuality

Chapter.  12921 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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