The Jews (Falasha) of northwestern Ethiopia are a special instance of a Jewish crew residing inside of an historic, non-Western, predominantly Christian society. Hagar Salamon offers the 1st in-depth research of this crew, known as the "Hyena humans" by means of their non-Jewish associates. in accordance with greater than a hundred interviews with Ethiopian immigrants now dwelling in Israel, Salamon's booklet explores the Ethiopia inside as noticeable throughout the lens of person thoughts and expressed via ongoing dialogues. it truly is an ethnography of the fantasies and fears that divide teams and, specifically, Jews and non-Jews.
Recurring styles will be obvious in Salamon's interviews, which thematically contact on spiritual disputations, purity and impurity, the concept that of blood, slavery and conversion, supernatural powers, and the metaphors of clay vessels, water, and fire.
The Hyena People is helping get to the bottom of the advanced nature of non secular coexistence in Ethiopia and in addition offers vital new instruments for examining and comparing inter-religious, interethnic, and particularly Jewish-Christian relatives in a number of cultural and old contexts.