Burial Societies

Ben Jones

in Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635184
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652990 | DOI:
Burial Societies

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This chapter offers a detailed account of the development of burial societies in Oledai, beginning by discussing the present-day structure of burial societies. The second section focuses on the history of burials during the colonial period, and then in the time of the insurgency. If the pattern of burials in the pre-insurgency years shaped the work of burial societies, so too did the experience of violence and exile during the insurgency itself. A third section looks at borrowings – since burial societies owe much of their form and structure to other institutional forms in the sub-parish. The chapter then discusses Edotun Jackson's funeral. The meaning of burial societies is also discussed, much of which is drawn from their opposition to the imagery of the insurgency.

Keywords: burial society; Oledai; colonial period; insurgency; borrowings; Edotun Jackson; funeral

Chapter.  11369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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