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Rethinking Economics and Religion through Funerals of the Volta Basin

Title: Rethinking Economics and Religion through Funerals of the Volta Basin.
Name(s): Miller, Jesse Christian, author
Hellweg, Joseph, professor directing thesis
Gaiser, Adam R., 1971-, committee member
Cuevas, Bryan J., 1967-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Religion, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (79 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This paper explores the ritualized gift-giving that occurs at funerals in the Volta Basin. Other studies of hierarchical gift exchange in the region have failed to notice the salience of funeral gifting, which is actually the most prestigious form of reciprocity because it allies the living with the dead, who in turn aid the living and ensure the integrity of all other exchanges in the hierarchy. This paper examines this relationship by analyzing case studies of funerary practice from four different Voltaic societies, with a special focus on the Mossi empire of Burkina Faso. The thesis concludes by exploring how the findings reveal the relevance of religious studies to understanding the economic dimension of ritual behavior and the ritual ends of much economic exchange.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Miller_fsu_0071N_14014 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: April 28, 2017.
Keywords: Economics, Funerals, Mossi, Religion, Spheres of Exchange, Volta Basin
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Joseph R. Hellweg, Professor Directing Thesis; Adam Gaiser, Committee Member; Bryan Cuevas, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Religion
Africa -- Civilization
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Host Institution: FSU

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