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“The Man Who Followed His Wife to The Land of The Dead”: An Analysis

“Because death is universal, for centuries all societies have struggled with the reality of death and created a wide variety of responses to dealing with loss” (Wilkie, 2002). The oral tradition of the Serrano of Southern California, “The Man Who Followed His Wife to The Land of The Dead” (Benedict, 1926, 8-9) directly addresses the issue of how to handle grief. 1: Who are the Serrano? 2: What is the oral tradition “The Man Who Followed His Wife to The Land of The Dead”? 3: What is the purpose that this oral tradition serves? 4: How is the Serrano’s oral tradition similar to other oral traditions and the author’s cultural traditions? This story helps the Serrano by providing an example for the unhealthiness of leaving life behind due to obsession with a deceased loved one. Who are the Serrano? The Serrano people lived in Southern California in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties in relative peace until the introduction of the Spanish Missions in the 1700-1800s. While they did su…