Day: September 25, 2016

Keening: Go ahead and cry out

Sometimes we humans need to pull out all the stops and let out a great huge cry. A friend told me recently about keening. Some ancient Christian Celtic monasteries would have a room set aside for keening. Women from the surrounding area would go there to wail. Women would weep for the dead, weep for injustice and weep for mothers of dead children in the village, weep for their own griefs of loss and betrayal.