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Consoling Ghosts: Stories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile

Jean M. Langford

Abstract

Consoling Ghosts is a sustained contemplation of relationships with the dying and the dead as inspired by conversations with emigrants from Laos and Cambodia. Emigrants’ thoughts and stories often refer and defer to spirits, from the wandering souls of the seriously ill to the dangerous ghosts of those who died by violence, and from restless ancestors displaced from their homes to adjudicating spirits of Southeast Asian landscapes. Langford considers how and why such spirits become implicated in remembering and responding to violence, whether the bloody violence of war or the more structural v ... More

Keywords: death, spirits, violence, materiality, haunting, mourning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816687176
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean M. Langford, author