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In My Time of Dying: A History of Death and the Dead in West Africa

John Parker


This book is the first detailed history of death and the dead in Africa south of the Sahara. Focusing on a region that is now present-day Ghana, the book explores mortuary cultures and the relationship between the living and the dead over a 400-year period spanning the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. The book considers many questions from the African historical perspective, including why people die and where they go after death, how the dead are buried and mourned to ensure they continue to work for the benefit of the living, and how perceptions and experiences of death and the ends of lif ... More

Keywords: mortuary cultures, death, Africa, dead, Ghana, mortal remains, slave trade, Christianity, modern postcolonial nation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691193151
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691193151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Parker, author
SOAS University of London