Death, Property and the Ancestors: A Study of the Mortuary Customs of the Lodagaa of West Africa
Deliberately considering relevant theories put forward by earlier writers and examining them in the light of the research for this particular book, the author spent over 100 days attending funeral ceremonies and he attended 25 burial services.
First published in 1962.
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