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Nubian Death Ceremonies

John G. Kennedy

in Nubian Ceremonial Life

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9789774249556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970955 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774249556.003.0011
Nubian Death Ceremonies

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The death of an individual is experienced almost universally as a psychological blow to those socially near him and also constitutes a shock to the structure of social relations of which he was a part. This personal and social damage is everywhere responded to with ritual and ceremony which function to relieve the emotional tensions, anxieties, and fears of bereaved individuals, and to repair the social gap in the interpersonal network of interlocking obligations and reciprocal activity patterns. The Nubian ritual response to death has much in common with customs throughout the Middle East, yet the ceremonies have their own cultural phrasing. A description and analysis of them, which helps to fill in the picture on the ceremonialism of this group and its meaning within the total Nubian life pattern, is given in this chapter.

Keywords: social relations; ceremony; Nubian ritual response; Middle East; Nubian life pattern

Chapter.  9889 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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