A Singular Empathy

An Animistic Understanding within a Dualist Culture

Authors

  • Emma Restall Orr Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.21347

Keywords:

ancestors, human remains, museums, animism, archaeology, museum displays

Abstract

The display of ancestral bones in museums cannot and does not compensate for the way in which our society dysfunctionally copes with death. If museums and archaeologists are to contribute positively to the wellbeing of our people, it is not by putting bones in display cases as if they were potsherds, or using publicity to get gallery visitors by suggesting they are murder victims, detailing the post mortem as if they were public property not persons, or evading questions about the hundreds of undocumented bones kept in untidy stores, without funding for either study or proper preservation; that is not an expression of healthy integration. What our society needs is examples of practical respect for the dead.

Author Biography

Emma Restall Orr, Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve

Emma Restall Orr is a British independent scholar, founder and chair of Honouring the Ancient Dead, and founder and manager of Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve.

References

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Published

2022-04-06

How to Cite

Restall Orr, E. . (2022). A Singular Empathy: An Animistic Understanding within a Dualist Culture. Pomegranate, 23(1-2), 140–156. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.21347