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When death becomes political: Return of the Greek tragedy

  • Kristian Tamtomo
    Kristian Tamtomo

    Lectures at the Sociology Department, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Atma Jaya University

Yogyakarta | Mon, April 3, 2017 | 04:11 pm
When death becomes political: Return of the Greek tragedy The classical Greek tragedy Antigone and the Greek myth of the Trojan War are examples of stories that involve refusal of burial prayers for political or war-related issues. (Shutterstock/File)

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In 1957, the anthropologist Clifford Geertz published one of his first articles titled “Ritual and Social Change: A Javanese Example” in the American Anthropologist journal, where Geertz cites the death of a boy, on July 17, 1954 in Mojokuto, East Java, and the tension that arose when religious officials refused or delayed the burial prayers due to the political affiliations of the chi...

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