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Title:'In Blessed Memory': (Re)Presentations of the Lives of the Departed in Ghanaian Funeral Programmes
Author:Prah, Mansah
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:In Ghana funerals are an important part of social life. Building on the study of M. de Witte (2001) on the impact of modern mass media on funeral ceremonies among the Ashante, the author set out to explore what further innovations have taken place since. Now T-shirts bearing an image of the departed have become customary attire at funerals, as is the custom of displaying life-size pictures of the deceased on billboards. Christianity and Islam have both infused new ideas. The focus of this paper, generated by technological advancements in printing and Christianity, is the funeral programme, which the author describes as a 'trigger for reflection'. The use of such programmes is very much an urban, elite or middle-class phenomenon. In his article, the author analyses the contents of fourteen individual programmes. These booklets are important sites of memory, as they provide a rich source of information on the personal lives of the individuals who have passed away. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]