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Posted By: Jack Campin
02-Mar-08 - 08:38 AM
Thread Name: Folk terminology
Subject: RE: Folk terminology
Holding your hand behind an ear is absolutely normal in all genres of singing in the Middle East, from Koran reciters and muezzins doing the call to prayer to folk ballad singers to cabaret performers. I haven't found an image to prove it yet, but I'd bet it goes far back into pre-Islamic times.