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Consoling GhostsStories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile$
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Jean M. Langford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816687176

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.001.0001

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Syllables of Power

Syllables of Power

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(p.134) (p.135) Chapter 5 Syllables of Power
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Consoling Ghosts
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Jean M. Langford

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.003.0006

I examine the flipside of dangerous language, the performative language of healing ceremonies and of funeral songs that inform the deceased that she is dead and direct her on what to do. Such songs suggest the superfluity of the anticipatory confrontation of one’s death institutionalized by end of life care.

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

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