Kelli Swazey

What happens when we welcome death in defining life?

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About Kelli Swazey

Kelli Swazey, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist who investigates the role that spiritual and religious practices play in defining group identity. She has conducted research on Indonesian society and culture as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, a Fulbright-Hayes researcher, and a fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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Can accepting and even celebrating death help us improve our lives? Anthropologist Kelli Swazey tells of the Torajans, who live with -- and among -- their dead.

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