This paper is an answer to a critic by L. A. Chvyr’ on a previous publication by the same author on the same subject (“Put’ v Zazerkal’e (pokhoronno-pominal’nyi ritual v obriadakh zhiznennogo tsikla),” in Sredneaziatskii etnograficheskii sbornik, 4, Moscow, 2001; cf. the review of this volume by L. A. Chvyr’ in Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2003/3).  S. S. Gubaeva demonstrates that funerary ritual can be seen as a prolongation of the person’s life cycle, and an initiation ritual of its own for the passage toward a new phase in the posthumous world.  Such a postulate drives to possible comparisons between elements of the funerary rituals (utilisation of light, of varied kinds of clothes, forbidding of the pronunciation of the deceased’s name, etc.) and those of other rituals of the life cycle (birth, marriage).  The paper is based for the most part on materials from the archive of F. F. Fiel’trup on the Kyrgyz, and on the author’s personal observations.

Sergei Abashin, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Moscow
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