The Role Of Death In Western American Culture

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Many cultures find it important to honor the deceased, simply having a funeral is an example of this. In Western Africa, different groups used different art as a way to honor the memory of their people who had died. Africans, like other cultures, have different reasons for memorializing the dead, but it comes down the idea that death is not the end. The Dogon people, for example, memorialized the dead by using art in the form of colorful masks worn during a performance at the funerals. Their reasoning for this other than to honor the deceased was to lead their souls to where their ancestors are. This ritual is called a “dama,” and if they failed to do this, the souls of the dead would not be freed to the afterlife. These masks have a more

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