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Finn Stepputat

powerful and talkative beings. As much as people assume that the community of the dead nourishes the community of the living (Bloch and Parry 1982), they also experience the dead as haunting the living and placing onerous demands on them in terms of respect, expenses and attention. Following these accounts, the dead can be a scary, capricious and even hateful crowd, an ‘awfully envious lot’ (Taussig 2001: 307). However, with the segregation, silencing and medicalisation of death in Western societies, the dead, in the shape of spirits, ghosts and ancestors, seem to have

in Governing the dead