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Celebrations of Death

Celebrations of Death
The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual

2nd Edition

$32.99 (G)

  • Date Published: October 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423755

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  • This revised edition of a cross-cultural study of rituals surrounding death has become a standard text in anthropology, sociology, and religion. Part of its fascination and success is that in understanding other people's death rituals we are able to gain a better understanding of our own. Peter Metcalf and Richard Huntington refer to a wide variety of examples from different continents and epochs. They compare the great tombs of the Berawan of Borneo and the pyramids of Egypt, or the dramas of medieval French royal funerals and the burial alive of the Dinka "masters of the spear" in the Sudan, and other burials which at first sight seem to have little in common. Many of these cases are anthropological classics, and the authors use these examples partly in order to illustrate the many different ways in which anthropologists have tried to interpret these rites. A new introduction reviews theoretical developments in the anthropological study of death since the book first appeared in 1979.

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    "...a model of clarity. It can be read by specialist and non-specialist alike..." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423755
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Introduction to the second edition
    1. Preliminaries
    Part I. Universals and Culture:
    2. Emotional reactions to death
    3. Symbolic associations of death
    Part II. Death as Transition:
    4. The living and the dead: a re-examination of Hertz
    5. Death rituals and life values: rites of passage reconsidered
    Part III. The Royal Corpse and the Body Politic:
    6. The dead king
    7. The immortal kingship
    Part IV. Seeing Ourselves Anew:
    8. American deathways
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Peter Metcalf, University of Virginia

    Richard Huntington, International Science and Technology Institute, Inc., Washington DC

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