Solidarity in shared loss: death-related observances among the Martu of the Western Desert Tonkinson, Myrna; Glaskin, K; Tonkinson, M; ...

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Tonkinson, Myrna ; Glaskin, K ; Tonkinson, M ; Musharbash, Y ; Burbank, V
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Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia
Manjiljarra / Martu Wangka people (A51.1) (WA SF51-12); Ceremonies; Death - Mourning.
Discusses the and performance of Martu mortuary rituals; current importance of the mortuary ceremony; traditional Martu mortuary practice - burial and reburial, missionary influence; protocols of announcement and associated restriction - naming, dwelling vacation, food and body mortification; contemporary importance of the funeral ceremony - arrangements and location, expressions of grief, blame and punishment; influence of non-Indigenous ceremonial forms on contemporary mortuary rituals; reburial (clearing) ceremony; social impact of death and its associated ceremonies ? employment, education, financial and health implications; social importance of funerals - reasons for their continuation - social control, identity, symbolic expression of social loss.
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