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ERIC Number: ED132087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Celebration of Death: Two Folk Tales about DEath. Mini-Module.
African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
This module contains two African folk tales about death, two descriptions of African funerals, a lesson plan with 11 questions exploring the finality of and customs surrounding death, and a bibliography of five books which deal with African religious beliefs. The folk tales present concepts of death and immortality of the soul. The descriptions of funerals document traditional and modern customs surrounding the death of an individual, including cleansing the body, preparing special foods, burial, and recognizing "the living dead." The questions for discussion are based on the idea that death is feared in every society, although it is known to be inevitable. Some questions encourage children to examine psychological reasons for the African views of death and funeral customs; other questions involve a comparative study of African and Western attitudes toward death. A film is recommended which shows the funeral of the leader of the Ashanti nation. (AV)
African-American Institute, 833 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017 ($0.50, 4 for $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
Identifiers - Location: Africa