arch death 1 - Socially treated as dead o Death is not the...

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January 6, 2011  Intro to Course As an archaeologist, a person must take an anthropological view of death Cultural relativism o Not projecting our cultural categories o All cultures logical and rational in own terms o Understanding how a practice of a people makes sense in the context of  that culture/society Cultural context o Interpret something as part of larger cultural whole (Metcalf 1978 p.8) Death is a biological fact, but also a culturally constructed category  (differences between cultures) o Physical death is not the same as social death Concept of “mate” – someone who is seen as dead due to physical  condition (age, health) but is still alive
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Unformatted text preview: Socially treated as dead o Death is not the only alternative to life “Undead”, “mate” o Death is a process, not an event No clear moment of death, it is a process – different stages that are culturally determined o Death is not the end Not “dead and gone” Kayapo in Brazil – when a member dies, they do not leave living world, the spirit comes back in the form of birds o Degrees of death Berawan in Borneo Someone who is dead but not COMPLETELY dead o Good vs bad death Good death – recognize impending demise, settle all matters prior...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course UNKNOWN 11245 taught by Professor Bernann during the Spring '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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