Mégalithes du Sénégal et pratiques sépulcrales : l’hypothèse de rites funéraires différés

Abstract : Our knowledge about Senegambian megaliths has changed considerable over the last decade. In particular, fieldwork undertaken at the megalithic Wanar necropolis revealed the presence of three distinct, complementary sequences; successively these concerned sepulchral practices, the monumentalization of the place, and commemorative rituals. Could this be a sign of funeral rites like those observed in contemporary populations, where the burial of the deceased is succeeded by the practice of a “big funeral”, and followed even later on by placing an effigy on the altar of ancestors, establishing distinct stages which are sometimes widely dispersed in time?
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Luc Laporte, Jean-Paul Cros, Hamady Bocoum, Maria Teixeira, Adrien Delvoye, et al.. Mégalithes du Sénégal et pratiques sépulcrales : l’hypothèse de rites funéraires différés. Journal des Africanistes, Société des Africanistes, 2018, 88 (1), pp.116-147. ⟨hal-02135588⟩

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