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Notions of Grief and Catharsis among the Toraja
Jane C. Wellenkamp
Vol. 15, No. 3 (Aug., 1988), pp. 486-500
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/645753
Page Count: 15
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This article concerns indigenous notions regarding grief and mourning among the Toraja of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It argues that Toraja beliefs about the expression of grief are part of an implicit "cathartic" theory of emotion that is closely related to ideas concerning "heat" and "coolness." The article concludes by suggesting that indigenous notions about the expression of grief correspond closely to the experiences of many grieving individuals. [death and grief, emotion, ethnopsychology, catharsis, "heat" and "coolness," Indonesia]
American Ethnologist © 1988 American Anthropological Association