Vignette Invention of the dead

2009 — L’invention des morts

Illustration Invention of the dead

L’invention des morts. Sépultures, fantômes et photographie en Mongolie contemporaine

Ouvrage personnel.

Paris, EMSCAT (Nord‐Asie 1)

ISBN: 978–2-9518888–5-2

Summary: The Invention of the Dead explores the relationship that Mongols maintain daily with their dead. Based on an investigation carried out with Dörvöd nomadic herders and in the capital city Ulaanbaatar from 1999 to 2005, Grégory Delaplace shows that the dead are at the centre of a set of discreet actions, by which herders and city‐dwellers take up or turn down modernist ideologies and socialise an environment populated with invisible “masters”. The successive study of grave sites, of ghost stories and of the social uses of photography takes the reader through the diverse processes and small tactical finds by which the dead are “invented” as the partners of formal or intimate relations which subvert the institutional frames set by the state and the clergy. Portraying through original data the art of living with the dead in today’s Mongolia, this book not only fills a gap in the regional ethnographic litterature, it proposes a renewed methodology for anthropology.

Table of Contents:

Préface, par Roberte Hamayon


1ère partie: Sépultures

Chapitre 1 : Réglementer les rites funéraires

Chapitre 2 : Les cimetières d’Ulaanbaatar

Chapitre 3 : La place des morts en milieu rural

 2ème partie Fantômes

Chapitre 4 : Parler des morts – silence et récit

Chapitre 5 : Raconter l’invisible

 Chapitre 6 : La place des morts parmi les « invisibles »

3ème partie: Photographie

Chapitre 7 : Les portraits de parents défunts