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The artfulness of death in Africa

The artfulness of death in Africa

Author: John Mack
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
If weddings are the most lavish events in most parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, it is funerals. Funeral celebrations can be flamboyant occasions, particularly those honouring prominent people. Artworks of many kinds are created to commemorate the dead, from mortuary sculptures and extravagant coffins, to elaborate headstones, memorials, monuments and cenotaphs. This is a unique survey of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Mack
ISBN: 1789141230 9781789141238
OCLC Number: 1085148519
Description: 283 pages : illustrations (black and white, and color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Understanding death --
2. The death of royalty --
3. The artfulness of funerals --
4. Funerary masquerade --
5. Grave sites --
6. Relics, shrines and memorials --
7. Modern practices.
Responsibility: John Mack.


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'A much-needed publication relevant to the growing popular interest in death, dying, mourning and thereafter.'-John Picton, Emeritus Professor, SOAS, University of London

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