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Title:Going Home? Belonging and Burial in the Era of AIDS
Author:Reynolds Whyte, SusanISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:married women
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3556817
Abstract:In Eastern Uganda, a married woman shoud be buried at her husband's home, raising questions such as: which husband? were they really married? These questions become urgent when a woman dies at the home of her parents or brothers, a situation that has become increasingly common as women ill with AIDS seek care from their families of orientation. In Bunyole, the ways in which a woman 'belongs' to two different homes are brought out as discussions proceed about where she should be buried. This article uses accounts of cases where there was uncertainty about the burial site to show how people justify the choice of a 'final home'. 'Arguments of cultural rules' are used to underwrite demands about bridewealth, while 'arguments of affection' are put forward in sympathy for women who needed care or were loved by children. The location of the grave provides a vantage point for looking at how home and marriage take on significance for women in distress. The explanations provide a window on the ways families reason about rights, obligation, virtue and compassion. They show the enduring importance of a woman's natal family; mortally ill women are usually cared for by parents and siblings, even though their corpses may be carried to a husband's home for burial. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]