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Hartman, J.J. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Jewish Moroccan "Saint Impresarios" in Israel: A Stage-Developmental Perspective. Yoram Bilu. Pp. 247-269.. Psychoanal Q., 62:693.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Jewish Moroccan "Saint Impresarios" in Israel: A Stage-Developmental Perspective. Yoram Bilu. Pp. 247-269.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 62:693

The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Jewish Moroccan "Saint Impresarios" in Israel: A Stage-Developmental Perspective. Yoram Bilu. Pp. 247-269.

John J. Hartman

This is a study of a small number of Moroccan-born Jewish immigrants to Israel who revived veneration of Moroccan saints many years after leaving their homeland. The author describes the dual function of religious symbols, to bind the public principle of faith with private experience and fantasy. He found that these "saint impresarios," men and women, had strict childhoods in Morocco, with little sexuality and much religiosity, an actively sexual but religiously sparse early adulthood, and a midlife of attenuated sexuality with an increase in "Moroccanized" religiosity. He also found a history of childhood object loss which formed a personal motive for the veneration of the saint. He stresses that these personal motives meshed with a cultural phenomenon which became widely shared, a common experience for a great many Moroccans in Israel.

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Hartman, J.J. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990. Psychoanal. Q., 62:693

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