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Unbreakable vital piggy-banks

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The nine clans making up the city of Mankon do not share common ancestry. The libations performed by the monarch on the royal graves, the performative words he issues and the transformation of his bodily substances into 'real' ancestral substances concern the kingdom as a corporate group. Each descent group has its own dead elders, who are at the origin and at the source of the life and the life essence of the descent group, and of the reproduction of its members. The life substances received from the dead monarchs cannot absolve the descent groups from appropriating their own life essence through offerings and performative speech addressed to their own founding fathers. Each descent group owns a 'vital piggy-bank' of its own, independent from that of the kingdom, yet included in the Mankon body politic by the substances coming from the monarch.

Keywords: clans; dead monarchs; mankon; royal graves; vital piggy-bank



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