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Money as farewell gift in funeral rights


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Đaković, Branko. (1987). Money as farewell gift in funeral rights. Etnološka tribina, 17(10). pp. 51-59. ISSN 0351-1944

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The author deals with the ritual role of money during funeral rites. In the country, as well as elsewhere in the world, there is a custom that among other funeral offerings money is presented, to the deceased. It is placed in the coffin or in the both popular and professional explanations of why this offering is done. Most of them can be reduced to three basic beliefs: 1. the deceased will somehow need money in his after-life; 2. he should be given money to avert possible revenge and as a compensation for the inherited goods; 3. he will need money "in the other world". The distribution of some elements of this custom in Yugoslavia and some possible explanations of its typical aspects are shown on the appropriate map from the collection of the Etnographic Atlas of Yugoslavia (drawn by the author).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 11:18
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 11:18

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