5263 - The local and the global in the funerary inscription: The Case of the cemetery in Oran

The main question we ask at the outset is : what the Algerians write on the graves of their relatives and how to explain the difference or similarity of content and epigraphic forms?

Regarding the first part of the question, she examines the current state of epigraphy, within our cemeteries, and is thus an anthropological question. To address it, we chose the qualitative approach, collecting life stories and conducting direct observations and sometimes contained burial spaces, sometimes practices. We have used other methodological tools including interviews with marble and other actors such as families of the deceased and visitors to the cemetery. As for content analysis, it was necessary first transcribing the epitaphs and classified according to their content. Then we turned to anthropology to the interpretation, to give meaning to the signs and symbols in their cultural context. In this case, the "thick description" allows the anthropologist to be placed at the same level of microscopic events. About the second part of the question, one is tempted to say that it is related to the very meaning of social practices. In addition, the divergence of existing texts and forms, opens the way to philosophical reflection type, the search for meaning is paramount. Indeed, this thinking goes well beyond the local is to say, western Algeria, by the use of "mega - concepts" in order to be located the human being in the Global and the Universal.

Keywords: local, global, the epitaph, epigraphy, permanence, change

Author: HIRRECHE BAGHDAD, Mohamed (CRASC / Center for Research in Social and Cultural Anthrop, Algeria / Algerien)


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