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Nubian Ceremonial LifeStudies in Islamic Syncretism and Cultural Change$
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John G. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789774249556

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774249556.001.0001

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Nubian Death Ceremonies

Nubian Death Ceremonies

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(p.224) Chapter 11 Nubian Death Ceremonies
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Nubian Ceremonial Life
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John G. Kennedy

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774249556.003.0011

The death of an individual is experienced almost universally as a psychological blow to those socially near him and also constitutes a shock to the structure of social relations of which he was a part. This personal and social damage is everywhere responded to with ritual and ceremony which function to relieve the emotional tensions, anxieties, and fears of bereaved individuals, and to repair the social gap in the interpersonal network of interlocking obligations and reciprocal activity patterns. The Nubian ritual response to death has much in common with customs throughout the Middle East, yet the ceremonies have their own cultural phrasing. A description and analysis of them, which helps to fill in the picture on the ceremonialism of this group and its meaning within the total Nubian life pattern, is given in this chapter.

Keywords:   social relations, ceremony, Nubian ritual response, Middle East, Nubian life pattern

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