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From infancy to death? An examination of the African burial ground in relation to Christian eighteenth century beliefs


2008 2008

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The dissertation investigates the articulation of race, class, and religion among Africans in colonial New York and the methods used by these individuals to resist the oppressive conditions of Northern bondage. Men's, women's, and children's burials from the African Burial Ground Project in New York city will be compared to burial sites in The Netherlands, Suriname, and England in order to understand the range of mortuary practices available to captive Africans, and their influence on various social relationships constructed throughout the old and new world. Archaeological evidence will be used to explore social roles from burial positions and grave goods associated with individuals, emphasizing the cultural symbolic ritual of mortuary behavior.

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Subject
Religion;
Archaeology;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0318: Religion
0324: Archaeology
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; African; African burial practices; Beliefs; Burial ground; Christian; Eighteenth century
Title
From infancy to death? An examination of the African burial ground in relation to Christian eighteenth century beliefs
Author
Mathis, Ruth Annette
Number of pages
173
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549789253
Advisor
Paynter, Robert
Committee member
Bowman, Joye; Perry, Warren R.; Wobst, H. Martin
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Anthropology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325249
ProQuest document ID
304564543
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304564543
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