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Anthropology of Death

The aim of this group is to open a window towards the discussion of death and its social and cultural implications.

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The various facits of death.

Hello everyone. I've just joined this group after being away from the OAC for a couple of years due to what I am about to talk about. Just recently, 12 weeks ago, my father passed away 4 days after…Continue

Started by Michael Findlay Dec 2, 2012.

Santa Muerte 3 Replies

Hi all! I'm actually conducting fieldwork research about Santa Muerte followers in Mexico City. I am having a bit of trouble finding contacts. Does anyone living in Mexico City perhaps, have any…Continue

Started by Wendy Risteska. Last reply by Laura Lee Roush Oct 14, 2012.

Roma funerary rituals 6 Replies

Hello all,I am starting a comparative investigation about funerary rituals and more particularly with roma people (My ph-D was about social organisation in a spanish gypsy community : in particular…Continue

Started by Nathalie Manrique. Last reply by Nathalie Manrique Aug 5, 2012.

Deadly Reading List 18 Replies

First, forgive me for the bad pun. Second, I thought we could start a list of sorts where we can all share different readings - books, journal articles, newspaper articles, images, etc. - that relate…Continue

Started by Agustin Diz. Last reply by Bavas Andrea Mar 29, 2012.

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Comment by eka avaliani on October 6, 2009 at 10:09am
I am particularly interested in necropolis-cities, how these cities reflected the life of deceased afterlife in various contexts.
Comment by David Picard on October 6, 2009 at 10:20am
Hi, have just become a member of this group. To introduce myself, in a nutshell, I have been working on ideas about death and afterlife in different areas of the Western Indian Ocean, La Reunion and Madagascar, which have led me to follow questions about romantic ideas of death and nature, and nature conservation and tourism, as forms of modernist thinking. Recent research focuses on forms of 'hospitality' as the accommodation of alien and strange worlds - the past, the future, places, spirit worlds. This raises questions about the ontology of separations between the here and now and these more or less distanced worlds, and about the political economy of flows and enchantments that governs this distance and the means to overcome it, temporarily or permanently. I am particularly interested in further exploring the anthropological idea of 'political magic' which allows this approach to build on a sophisticated corpus of anthropological concepts and debate (Frazer, Durkheim, Mauss, Malinowski, Levi-Strauss, Griaulle, Tambiah, Sahlins, Taussig, Jackson, Graeber...). Anyone interested in this type of approach?
Comment by Agustin Diz on October 6, 2009 at 12:13pm
David, your research areas sound extremely interesting. I was wondering whether you could tell us a bit more about "political magic" - I've started a discussion with that name where we can perhaps focus the debate on that subject.
Comment by Agustin Diz on October 6, 2009 at 12:15pm
Eva, can you write a bit more about necropolis cities? Which have you researched?
Comment by eka avaliani on October 6, 2009 at 12:46pm
 I was recently working on The Necropolis -“The City of deceased “in Etruscan World. it is important to investigate Etruscan Necropolises with its atoms in the Contextual setting of civic life. Etruscan Necropolises “mirrored” the city of the living in Etruscan world. Contextual research of the necropolis systems stressing several issues like :symbolic and causal aspects of the artifacts, as well as explains their meanings within particular historical-cultural settings.
 Etruscan cities as an independent taxonomic units (i.e. cultural moduls) in its multicultural setting could be defined by their burial customs, funerary rights and believes ,which can be work as the clear designators for establishing so called “ national taste” ( i.e. “style zones”) in revelation to its political and ethnical aspects.
 Etruscan cities as an independent taxonomic units (i.e. cultural moduls) in its multicultural setting could be defined by their burial customs, funerary rights and believes ,which can be work as the clear designators for establishing so called “ national taste” ( i.e. “style zones”) in revelation to its political and ethnical aspects.
 This attitude could work with other ancient cities
Comment by Charisma A. Thomson on May 29, 2010 at 7:31am
I just completed a defense of my research on roadside memorials in rural North America. I linked the ritual performance of Hertz's secondary burial and Durkheim's social cohesion to the construction of roadside memorials, as spontaneous commemorations, and how they 'stand' as social domains which allow for expression and negotiation of social, biological, and public bodies. I was wondering if there are other members here who are also exploring sociocultural aspects of current memorial and funerary rituals in North America. If so, I would love to hear about your research. Cheers.
Comment by Emily on September 5, 2010 at 2:07pm
i'm looking to set up a multi-arts based pop-up gallery/shop in london on the theme of death- anybody interested in contributing/collaborating please get in touch either on here on on emilyhannahwest@gmail.com. thanks.
Comment by Haris Agic on September 9, 2010 at 8:14am
Hi people!
Comment by Agustin Diz on September 9, 2010 at 9:43am
Welcome Haris!

Out of curiosity, does any one have any references on ethnographies of death/ death rites in the Andes? Also any ethnographies on La Santa Muerte would be very interesting too...

many thanks!
Comment by Charisma A. Thomson on September 9, 2010 at 7:11pm
Hola Agustin,
I have a few good references for you. Would you prefer those which have a focus on current funerary/death rites, a historical approach, or both? Cheers.

Charisma

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