One King, two burials: The politics of funerals in South Africa's Transkei

Show simple item record Dennie, Garrey 2010-09-14T10:58:02Z 2010-09-14T10:58:02Z 1990-10
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented October, 1990 en_US
dc.description.abstract King Sabata Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo, deposed Paramount Chief of the Thembus, was buried twice. The first interment took place on 20th April 1986; the second took place on 1st October, 1989. The first interment was secretive, hasty and without salute - a pauper's burial. The second was a visible organisation of grief, a public performance, highly orchestrated, and supremely lavish - a king's burial. The first interment attracted minimal media comment; the second was a well chronicled affair receiving significant attention from both the local and international media. This paper represents some musings upon the contrasting burials of Chief Sabata Dalindyebo. Its primary aims are to explore the kinds of contests which produced the different burial rituals, [or lack thereof] and to subject the rituals themselves to closer examination in a search for their meanings. The most crucial argument advanced in this paper is that the struggles which surrounded the control of the burials of the Thembu King were urgent attempts to appropriate the dead body in a bid to inscribe and to re-write specific political messages on the corpse, and to erase others. Furthermore, the burial of Dalindyebo provided a powerful platform from which these messages could be disseminated to a larger audience. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Studies Institute;ISS 120
dc.subject Burial. South Africa en_US
dc.subject South Africa. Politics and government. 1978-1989 en_US
dc.title One King, two burials: The politics of funerals in South Africa's Transkei en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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