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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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Dancing Death: Memorial Celebrations, the Politics of Ritual Laughter, and the Embodied Memories of Youth

Dancing Death: Memorial Celebrations, the Politics of Ritual Laughter, and the Embodied Memories of Youth

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(p.216) Chapter Eight Dancing Death: Memorial Celebrations, the Politics of Ritual Laughter, and the Embodied Memories of Youth
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The Intestines of the State
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.003.0008

This chapter focuses on memorial celebration and the so-called dancing death in the Cameroon Grassfields. A memorial celebration is always held in the compound of the lineage head of the deceased and timed to occur just after the corn harvest. The chapter also explains that the entire masking group performs at the dancing death, and that the feasting and dance of memorial celebrations are spread over four days.

Keywords:   memorial celebration, dancing death, Cameroon Grassfields, corn harvest, masking group, feasting

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