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Title:Ghanaian funeral brochures: an unexplored rich source of biographical information
Author:Adjah, Olive AkpebuISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Issue:103
Pages:33-44
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:funerals
pamphlets
biography
Abstract:In Ghana, death is regarded as one of the rites of passage that mark the transition from the present world to the other. It is believed to extend family relationships into infinity and therefore great effeort is put into organizing befitting funerals. In planning a funeral, a document, which the author calls the funeral brochure, is prepared. These funeral brochures have become a valuable source of historical, social and biographical information. The author examines 107 Ghanaian funeral brochures belonging to all classes of people in society, printed between 1993 and 2006. All the brochures belonged to Christians. The principal contents of the funeral brochures are photographs of the deceased, the church service programme, the life history of the deceased, tributes from family and friends, hymns to be sung and scripture. The information contained in these brochures qualifies them as a rich source of biographical information. The author concludes by calling on librarians to begin acquiring funeral brochures as part of their collections. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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