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Songs for Dead Parents – Corpse, Text, and World in Southwest China - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Songs for Dead Parents: Corpse, Text, and World in Southwest China

Erik Mueggler


Death has become the central salient topic in many parts of rural China. Transformations in economic life, social structure, political ideology, and spiritual aspirations have occurred at dizzying speed. The socialist rituals that once gave people narrative structures to comprehend historical change have disappeared. Elderly people have lived through repeated radical social transformations from the socialist revolution forward: their deaths are now the sole site where these events can be reprised and evaluated. These deaths are opportunities to reassess how individual lives articulate with his ... More

Keywords: Death China ritual Yi Yunnan materialization ghosts embodiment socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226483382
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226483412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Mueggler, author
University of Michigan

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