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God of JusticeRitual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas$
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William S Sax

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.001.0001

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Families and Their Ghosts

Families and Their Ghosts

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(p.165) 6 Families and Their Ghosts
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God of Justice
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.003.0006

A truism of ethnology is that death rituals and related practices are oriented more toward the living than the dead; that they seek to re-organize social relationships that have been damaged by the death of a loved one. This chapter shows how Garhwali beliefs and practices relating to death, ghosts, and exorcism accomplish this task. Fundamentally, they do so by transforming the ambivalent, dangerous ghost into a beneficent, auspicious ancestor.

Keywords:   death rituals, social relationships, Garhwal, ghost, exorcism, ancestors, families

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