Domes in Dhaka are a group exposed to extremely unpleasant, stressful and psychologically damaging working conditions and cultural marginalisation. In observing them and speaking with them, two questions are obvious: why do they do it and how do they cope? The answer to the first question seems to be that they accept their position, more through extreme fatalism than any sense of reward or worth. The answer to the second seems to lie partly in their relationship with the dead bodies, to which they attribute powers and motives, and partly in resorting to alcohol, linked to an apparent immunity from the normal restrictions placed on alcohol consumption in Bangladesh.
|Journal||Kaleidoscope: The Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Journal of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2010|
|Event||Afterlives Postgraduate Conference 2009 - Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom|
Duration: 25 Sep 2009 → 25 Sep 2009
Patwary, M. A., O'Hare, W. T., Elahi, K. M., Hassan, M. M., & Sarker, M. H. (2010). Domes and the Dead: An example of extreme fatalism among mortuary workers in Bangladesh. Kaleidoscope: The Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Journal of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, 4(1), 10-18.