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African funeral rites: sites for performing, participating and witnessing of trauma

Ukaegbu, V. (2011) African funeral rites: sites for performing, participating and witnessing of trauma. Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts [Special Issue]: On Trauma. 16(1), pp. 131-141. 1352-8165.

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Abstract: African funerals (rites of passage in Gennep's sense) use elements of social drama (Turner 1974, 1986), restored behaviours (Schechner 1985) and socio-cultural arbitrations to negotiate deeply-rooted psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual turbulences that continue beyond bereavement. Trauma, as used in this article incorporates a wide range of deep-rooted hurts arising from and associated with bereavement; the terms victim, mourner and survivor refer to the bereaved but with none of the legal and philological overtones associated with them in medicine, law of tort, and jurisprudence. The article focuses on men's funerals, referring to women and youngsters only where necessary
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2041 Performance studies
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN406 Cultural traits, customs, and institutions > GN486 Funeral rites and ceremonies
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT2400 Customs relative to private life
Creators: Ukaegbu, Victor
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Journalism, Media & Performance
Date: 16 March 2011
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 131-141
Journal or Publication Title: Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts [Special Issue]: On Trauma
Volume: 16
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1352-8165
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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