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The politics of cultural defiance: exhumations and rural reburials in Covid times

Source Daily Maverick
OUTPUT TYPE: Newspaper article
Print HSRC Library: shelf number 11775
handle 20.500.11910/15811
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.