Understanding Mortality and the Life of the Ancestors in Rural Madagascar

  title={Understanding Mortality and the Life of the Ancestors in Rural Madagascar},
  author={Rita Astuti and Paul L. Harris},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  volume={32 4},
Across two studies, a wide age range of participants was interviewed about the nature of death. All participants were living in rural Madagascar in a community where ancestral beliefs and practices are widespread. In Study 1, children (8-17 years) and adults (19-71 years) were asked whether bodily and mental processes continue after death. The death in question was presented in the context of a narrative that focused either on the corpse or on the ancestral practices associated with the… 

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