Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: Thailand Ladyboys Sing Hava Nagila


Today's blog post combines two of our recurring themes -- Unusual juxtapositions of Jewish music and culture in strange environments and the continuing popularity of Hava Nagila around the globe.

We wouldn't expect to encounter a group of transgendered singers and dancers performing a rousing version of Hava Nagila on a stage in Bangkok, Thailand, but that's exactly what we found. This is the 48th version of Hava Nagila that we've posted since we started Jewish Humor Central five years ago.

Bangkok's entertainers include a large number of what they call Ladyboys, and why these performers chose to exhibit their talents to one of the most popular Jewish melodies is beyond us. 

If you think the whole thing is somehow backwards, take a look at the writing on the stage wall. It's Hava Nagila in English, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew, but the Hebrew letters are backwards, written from left to right instead of from right to left.

Enjoy!

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