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On the Funeral and Bereavement Rituals Depicted in Folk Songs: ‘The Folk Requiem’ by Adam Strug and Kwadrofonik

Music and Death: Interdisciplinary Readings and Perspectives

ISBN: 978-1-83867-946-0, eISBN: 978-1-83867-945-3

Publication date: 26 November 2019

Abstract

The lyrics of the mourning songs published on the recording display a specific attitude to the mythology of death and bereavement present in the culture of Polish peasants. The main themes of these folk songs, namely, the praise of the deceased, the grief of the remaining family, the preparation of the dead one for eternal life or the attempts to cross the threshold of life and death, are presented by the artists as the soul’s journey from the Earth to the Underworld, and through Purgatory to Eternal life as a final stage of a person’s destination. They show how the rural people imagine death itself and express their feelings of loss and grief in art to overcome the fear of the unknown.

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Jeziński, M. (2019), "On the Funeral and Bereavement Rituals Depicted in Folk Songs: ‘The Folk Requiem’ by Adam Strug and Kwadrofonik", Bennett, M.J. and Gracon, D. (Ed.) Music and Death: Interdisciplinary Readings and Perspectives (Emerald Interdisciplinary Connexions), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 19-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83867-945-320191006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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