To the Grave and Beyond:
A look at funeral rituals and traditions from various West African cultures

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 References

 

1.) Arnett, Paul and William Arnett. Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South Vol. I. Tinwood Books: Atlanta, GA., 2000.

 

2.) Arnett, Paul and William Arnett. Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South Vol. 2. Tinwood Books: Atlanta, GA., 2000.

 

3.) Blier, Suzanne Preston. The Royal Arts of Africa: The Majesty of Form. Prentice Hall Inc.:  New York, 1998.

 

4.) Drewel, Margaret Thompson. Yoruba Ritual: Performers, Play, Agency. Indiana University Press: Bloomington, Indiana, 1992.

 

5.) Goody, Jack. Death, Property and the Ancestors: A Study of the Mortuary Customs of the LoDagaa. Stanford University Press: Stanford, CA, 1962.

 

6.) Kreamer, Christine Mullen

Subler, Craig Allen (Curator)

A Life Well Lived: Fantasy Coffins of Kane Quaye

Exhibition: September 23-October 21, 1994

University of Missouri-Kansas City Gallery of Art

1994

 

7.) McClusky, Pamela. Art From Africa: Long Steps Never Broke A Back. Seattle Art Museum: Seattle; Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ, 2002.

 

8.) Secretan, Thierry. Going Into Darkness: Fantastic Coffins from Africa. Thames and Hudson Ltd.: London, 1995.

 

9.) Thompson, Robert Farris. Flash of the Spirit. Random House, Inc.: New York, 1983.

 

10.) Vollbrecht, Judith A. Structure and Communitas in an Ashanti Village: The Role of Funerals. Institute of African Studies: University of Nairobi, 1979.