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The Intestines of the StateYouth, Violence, and Belated Histories in the Cameroon Grassfields$
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Nicolas Argenti

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226026114

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.001.0001

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The Death of Tears: Mortuary Rites and the Indeterminacy of Dance

The Death of Tears: Mortuary Rites and the Indeterminacy of Dance

(p.189) Chapter Seven The Death of Tears: Mortuary Rites and the Indeterminacy of Dance
The Intestines of the State
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This chapter examines the numerous masks of the peripheral lineages of the outlying villages of the Oku chiefdom in the Cameroon Grassfields and the counterdiscourse that they may engender among those excluded from the palatine hierarchy. It describes the subtle transformations that the dominant palace model of group masking underwent as it devolved to the village. The chapter also analyzes how cadets, in addition to their agonistic engagement with the masks of the palace, contest the elite discourse of masking by producing their own masks and performing their own masquerades in the outlying villages of the chiefdom.

Keywords:   masks, Oku chiefdom, Cameroon Grassfields, palatine hierarchy, cadets, agonistic engagement, group masking

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