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The History of Death
     

The History of Death

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by Michael Kerrigan
 

Death is universal, but each culture has found a different way of dealing with it. This wide-ranging book examines the compelling subject of death, funeral rites and burial in different cultures and societies, from the drama of medieval French royal funerals to the burial alive of the Dinka ‘masters of the spear’ in the Sudan, from the Egyptian pyramids

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Death is universal, but each culture has found a different way of dealing with it. This wide-ranging book examines the compelling subject of death, funeral rites and burial in different cultures and societies, from the drama of medieval French royal funerals to the burial alive of the Dinka ‘masters of the spear’ in the Sudan, from the Egyptian pyramids to the Chinese terra-cotta army to elaborate Victorian mausolea, from the Grim Reeper to Hades and the Underworld.

Funerals can be solemn but also celebratory, drunken and even lascivious. From human sacrifice to ritual killings, from burial to cremation, from ancestor worship to concepts of the afterlife, The History of Death examines how through our passing we, in fact, define our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782744917
Publisher:
Amber Books
Publication date:
02/16/2017
Sales rank:
324,858
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kerrigan is the author of Dark History of the Catholic Church, Dark History of Roman Emperors and Ancients in their Own Words, among other titles. He is a columnist, book reviewer and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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