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Funerals play a key role in grief and mourning, but little is known about the culturally scripted processes after a disaster. Cambodia has faced multiple disasters, from the Khmer Rouge killing fields to COVID-19. Drawing upon a case study of the 2010 Diamond Island stampede, which killed 347 people, this article focuses on the period leading up to the funeral ceremony, while a companion article discusses events that unfold in the months that follow. An ethnographic study was carried out in Phnom Penh and nine provinces with members of the families of those who were killed, villagers, and monks and Buddhist lay officiants. Buddhist ceremonies conducted at the cremation and at seven- and hundred-days, helped families accept the irreversibility of loss and allow the dead to be reborn. Complications comprised the misidentification of bodies, managing the dangerous ghosts of ‘bad death’, getting the souls safely from the mortuary to the cremation site and dealing with disruptions along the way, convincing the souls that they are really dead, and ambiguous losses in the case of ‘counterfeit funerals’ conducted without the corpse. The mourning hinges on the maintenance of continuing bonds as evidenced by the ‘dream work’ by the bereft families, enabled by the ‘emergency Buddhist disaster relief’ provided by the monks. It is proposed that understanding the cultural deathscapes can provide insights into developing culturally-responsive interventions after a disaster.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Jun 2021|
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Angulimala walks - From understanding violence in Cambodia to building cultural competence in Australian international development
Eisenbruch, M., Chandler, D., Chhim, S., Hinton, A., Jordans, M., Komproe, I., Ovesen, J., Stanton, G., Trankell, I. & van de Put, W.
Australian Research Council (ARC), Uppsala Universitet (Uppsala University), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Child Wise Limited, Oxfam (Australia), Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation - Cambodia, HealthNet TPO, George Mason University, Rutgers University New Brunswick
1/07/12 → 1/03/16