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Women's Roles in the Mourning Rituals of the Akan of Ghana

Osei-Mensah Aborampah
Ethnology
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Summer, 1999), pp. 257-271
DOI: 10.2307/3773817
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3773817
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Women's Roles in the Mourning Rituals of the Akan of Ghana
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Abstract

Akan women play central roles in the care and disposal of the dead and the management of bereavement. Mortuary rituals provide members of the society with adaptive means of mourning the dead, and the expressions of grief ensure a systematic adjustment to human loss. Funerals and mourning rites include music and dance, which capture so many aspects of Akan transitional rituals. The funeral celebration has become a perfect medium for not only understanding Akan traditional and popular culture, but also for appreciating the impact of social changes on Akan society.

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