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Joking at Death: The Mamprusi Grandparent-Grandchild Joking Relationship

Susan Drucker-Brown
Man
New Series, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Dec., 1982), pp. 714-727
DOI: 10.2307/2802042
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2802042
Page Count: 14
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Joking at Death: The Mamprusi Grandparent-Grandchild Joking Relationship
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Abstract

This article considers the joking relationship between Mamprusi grandparents and grandchildren in two contexts: firts during their joint life-time; second as the relationship is manifest during funeral ritual. The Mamprusi data suggests that joking and avoidance are not always mutually exclusive. In the funeral context joking is premitted where generational distinctions are normally marked by avoidance. The implications of funeral joking for mourning are briefly considered.

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