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Alma Gottlieb | The Afterlives of Babies: A View from West Africa

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Rainey Auditorium

Penn Museum

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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In some religious traditions, “the afterlife” represents another stage in a life cycle believed to be endlessly cyclical rather than linear. For the Beng people of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, babies are not born as clean slates but as reincarnations of ancestors who long to return. A Beng infant is thought to begin its new life filled with spiritual knowledge, a belief that profoundly affects the way the Beng care for and raise their children.

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