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Death and the End of Time

Janet Hoskins

in The Play of Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080034
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520080034.003.0010
Death and the End of Time

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Death represents the end of one strand of time, the time that an individual spends on this earth, and the adjustment of several other strands which have become entangled in the time span of personal biography. A funeral provides a final accounting of temporality and relationships and a reckoning of exchange obligations, and is the occasion on which the different temporal values of affinal and agnatic ties are made visible. Affinal ties stretch horizontally through Kodi society, binding a man to his wife-givers and his mother's village of birth. The affines are the “givers of life” and remain able to bestow health, fertility, and descendants on their wife-takers. At death, conflicts with them must be resolved so that the pollution of the corpse can be removed from the village and the soul can be reclaimed by the patriline.

Keywords: death; time; funeral; temporality; relationships; obligations; values; Kodi; affines; patriline

Chapter.  11492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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