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Dancing Death: Memorial Celebrations, the Politics of Ritual Laughter, and the Embodied Memories of Youth

in The Intestines of the State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226026114
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226026138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.003.0008
Dancing Death: Memorial Celebrations, the Politics of Ritual Laughter, and the Embodied Memories of Youth

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This chapter focuses on memorial celebration and the so-called dancing death in the Cameroon Grassfields. A memorial celebration is always held in the compound of the lineage head of the deceased and timed to occur just after the corn harvest. The chapter also explains that the entire masking group performs at the dancing death, and that the feasting and dance of memorial celebrations are spread over four days.

Keywords: memorial celebration; dancing death; Cameroon Grassfields; corn harvest; masking group; feasting

Chapter.  10618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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