Songs for the dead…Keeners

“Keeners were the women of rural Ireland who were traditionally paid to cry, wail and sing over the bodies of the dead at funerals and wakes…The custom of keening had all but vanished by the 1950’s as people began to view it as primitive, old-fashioned and uncivilised.”

Songs for the dead…  a 30 minute radio production.

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Image credit: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/songs-for-the-dead/7904334?sf38125277=1

 

 

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