The politics of cultural defiance: exhumations and rural reburials in Covid times
Source Daily Maverick
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021
OUTPUT TYPE: Newspaper article
Print HSRC Library: shelf number 11775
The legacy of the initial ruling by the Covid-19 advisory committee that bodies should be encased in plastic has been traumatic and catastrophic for many rural African families. The key to a successful burial is 'fetching the spirit' from the place of death and safely returning it home. This requires constant communication with the spirit of the deceased.