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  • ISBN: 9780226680613
  • ISBN10: 0226680614

Two Evenings in Saramaka

by Richard Price

  • List Price: $121.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1991
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Saramaka folktales (kontu) are closely associated with funeral celebrations. The immediate goal of every Saramaka funeral (which serves ultimately to usher a recently deceased member of the community into the world of the ancestors) is 'to bury the deceased with celebration pizii. Amid the hectic weeks of drumming, dancing, singing, feasting, and complex rituals that contribute to these festivities, the telling of folktales--which takes place during the nights)--constitutes a special moment for people of all ages.
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