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Songs for Dead ParentsCorpse, Text, and World in Southwest China$
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Erik Mueggler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226483382

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226483412.001.0001

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Making the Dead Modern

Making the Dead Modern

(p.134) 4 Making the Dead Modern
Songs for Dead Parents

Erik Mueggler

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 4 compares funeral laments in Júzò, a Tibeto-Burman-speaking community in Yunnan Province, from two periods: the early 1990s, after ritual revitalization was thoroughly underway, and 2011, after this community had come into more intimate contact with the modernity-obsessed cultures of urban and semi-urban China. Laments fashion grief in a public setting by conceptualizing the dead and their relations with the living in vivid poetic language. Laments from the early 1990s described these relations as a circuit of suffering, in which children returned a debt of suffering they owed their parents after the latter's deaths. By 2011, innovative lamenters had reoriented their understanding of suffering to be personal, internal, and intimate. The dead became more “modern,” allowing the living, defined largely by their relations with the dead, to participate in modernized forms of authentic, sincere emotional expression.

Keywords:   modern, sincerity, lament, grief, suffering, emotion, expression, China

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