Dismemberment of corpse most emotional Mortuary cannibalism Dead relative

Dismemberment of corpse most emotional mortuary

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Dismemberment of corpse- most emotional Mortuary cannibalism - Dead relative generalized ancestor – they lose their name but they become someone who looks after the whole community - The direct blood relatives do not engage- only the others of the community - Seen as a way of honouring the deceased – the community is eager to eat by the family - The fear is of the body being disrespected- they don’t want the body to be alone and consumed by nature instead of the people - They refused to allow the body and its fluids to touch the ground of be wasted- it all went to the mourners Affect: detachment from the dead and avoidance of grief - Grief is dangerous – they have their own name for it and they want to avoid it - They must destroy all material aspects of their lives (houses, material possessions, the persons name is taboo, the family changes their appearance) “According to the Wari’, the destruction by fire of all reminders of the deceased is, in the first place, a protection against the sadness that is felt upon seeing something that belonged to the deceased or that was touched, used, or made by him; but it is also a way to avoid the coming of the ghost” (249). “I don’t know if you can understand this, because you have never had a child die. But for a parent, when your child dies, it is a very sad thing to put his body in the earth. It is cold in the earth. We keep remembering and we are sad. In the old days when the others ate the body, we did not think about [ koromikat ] his body much. We did not think about our child so much, and we were not so sad” (250). Review: Ritual What are the characteristics of religious ritual? - Embedded in a cultural system- dead provide for the living - Performed- performance of affect and the way the living mourn - Formalistic and Rules-Governed- specific ways the body must be dismembered and taken care of
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- Traditionalistic / invariant- there is tradition that informs the way the ritual is formed Review: What does ritual do? - Ritual forms/reinforces communities and communal consensuses - Ritual provides a means of connecting actions with an authoritative reality - Ritual provides an experiential and performative explanation of social realities Review: the right of passage Three Stages: - Separation - Liminality - Reintegration - living people change their appearance and change social reality so person isnt in it- for the dead once they are consumed and forgotten they are no longer a dead body but they are now an ancestor Question from last class Are all mortuary/ death related rituals rites of passage?- think of the pork and perhaps they are not - Ritual and the re-making of community → specifically, the commensal community Case study Death among the dogon - Pay attention to the cosmological claims, storytelling traditions, and descriptions of ritual present in this account.
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