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Beyond the State in Rural Uganda$
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Ben Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.001.0001

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Burial Societies

Burial Societies

(p.133) 7 Burial Societies
Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Jones

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers a detailed account of the development of burial societies in Oledai, beginning by discussing the present-day structure of burial societies. The second section focuses on the history of burials during the colonial period, and then in the time of the insurgency. If the pattern of burials in the pre-insurgency years shaped the work of burial societies, so too did the experience of violence and exile during the insurgency itself. A third section looks at borrowings – since burial societies owe much of their form and structure to other institutional forms in the sub-parish. The chapter then discusses Edotun Jackson's funeral. The meaning of burial societies is also discussed, much of which is drawn from their opposition to the imagery of the insurgency.

Keywords:   burial society, Oledai, colonial period, insurgency, borrowings, Edotun Jackson, funeral

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