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South Park Ritual

 

 

Dozens of old men are playing checkers at long wooden tables in South Park. As a funeral procession comes slowly down Avalon Boulevard the men respectfully rise, and remove their hats. In the style of black male gospel harmony groups, they soulfully sing the long litany of names of every person that has died in each of their families.

When the procession has past, everyone that has red checkers exchanges seats around the tables in synchronized and graceful movement with those who have the black checkers.

Now that they have honored their ancestors they sing the names of everyone that has just been born in each of their families, honoring the spirits of the future.