Cofos e velas: tessituras da morte em dia de finados no cemitério São José, zona rural de Pinheiro-MA

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


The present study aims to analyze the funeral ritual of The Day of the Dead in the rural area of the municipality of Pinheiro - MA, more specifically in the cemetery São José. For this purpose, are used the ethnographic and historical methods to analyze the collected sources during the field research in the cemetery. The study of the funerary ritual pervades the idea of social memory as proposed by James Fentress and Chris Wickham (1992), and Catroga (2015), whose memory in relation to the dead is historically shared and based on cultural relations. Based on this, the question is: what extent do the funerary rituals and objects used in this context represent the funeral culture of a given locality? For this, this study uses several sources that complement each other, such as: pages of the Cidade de Pinheiro Newspaper, relevant bibliographies, oral and visual sources. All this serves as a basis for a more critical look at the relationships experienced during the fieldwork between people and objects installed in the cemiterial space, in particular: cofos and candles, on Day of the Dead. However, added it, that such visual productions provide cemetery visitors with the practice of a memory exercise on these images, symbolic messages and contact with memories that generate affection for the dead. Therefore, such artistic productions in this context are: rural and Afro-indigenous matrix materialized in funeral artifacts emphasizing sensitivities against to the death.



ARAÚJO, J. C. Cofos e velas: tessituras da morte em dia de finados no cemitério São José, zona rural de Pinheiro-MA. 2022. 138 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em História) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2022.