The politics of cultural defiance: exhumations and rural reburials in Covid times

SOURCE: Daily Maverick
OUTPUT TYPE: Newspaper article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Bank, A.Madini
KEYWORDS: COVID-19, FUNERALS, RURAL COMMUNITIES
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11775
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15811
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15811

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Abstract

The legacy of the initial ruling by the Covid-19 advisory committee that bodies should be encased in plastic has been traumatic and catastrophic for many rural African families. The key to a successful burial is 'fetching the spirit' from the place of death and safely returning it home. This requires constant communication with the spirit of the deceased.