Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood (Hardcover)

Rituals of Womanhood

By Lisa Ling, Joanne Eicher

National Geographic Society, 9780792241843, 223pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2005



In a compelling exploration of all things female, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride celebrates the defining connections among women and honors their differences. Each chapter reveals the actions through which a woman connects with herself, with her family, with members of her community, and with other women--from quinceanera parties commemorating a Hispanic girl turning 15, to pre-wedding henna ceremonies in the Middle East, where the hands and feet of the bride and her party are lavishly painted for her special day. Readers also will learn about such American traditions as the debutante ball, as well as the coming of age rituals of Mende girls in Sierra Leone. Gorgeous photographs from the National Geographic archive portray these women and their customs across time and around the world.

Remarkable stories and anecdotes from anthropologist Joanne Eicher complement the profiles written by Lisa Ling, who as host of the weekly television program National Geographic Explorer, has traveled the world, observing and documenting rituals both ancient and emerging, from her exceptional perspective as a journalist.

Together these accomplished authors provide a fascinating look at the historical, cultural, emotional, and personal impact of women's rituals and ritual practices. Provoking a range of emotions--reverence, sadness, joy, and shock--Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride puts women in perspective in the modern world, in multiple situations and on all levels.

About the Author

Joanne B. Eicher, Regents Professor of the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the University of Minnesota, co-authored a recent text, The Visible Self, and edited or co-edited the following books: Fashion Foundations: Early Writings on Dress (2003), Dress and Gender, Dress and Identity, Beads and Beadmakers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lisa Ling, host of the National Geographic Channel's Explorer, takes on challenging assignments that immerse her in far-flung places and cultures. Previously, she was co-host with Barbara Walters of ABC's popular morning talk show, The View. She is a frequent guest on Oprah, where she discusses international women's issues.