History of Death: Burial Customs and Funeral Rites, from the Ancient World to Modern Times

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Death may be universal, but just as every culture has found ways of living life differently, each has also found different and sometimes extraordinary ways to deal with dying and the effects that it has on the people left behind. This wide-ranging book examines the compelling subject of death and burial in varied cultures, societies, and ages. It considers the rituals surrounding death, from the drama of medieval French royal funerals to the live burials of the Dinka in the Sudan, and from facing death, with the ...

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Overview

Death may be universal, but just as every culture has found ways of living life differently, each has also found different and sometimes extraordinary ways to deal with dying and the effects that it has on the people left behind. This wide-ranging book examines the compelling subject of death and burial in varied cultures, societies, and ages. It considers the rituals surrounding death, from the drama of medieval French royal funerals to the live burials of the Dinka in the Sudan, and from facing death, with the 5,000 strong terra-cotta army, as the first Chinese emperor Shihuangdi did in 260 B.C., to the elaborate mausolea of wealthy Victorians.

 

Covering all periods in history and religions, The History of Death also examines the differing approaches to funerals, whether solemn, celebratory, drunken or even sexually promiscuous. It illuminates the combination between the earthly and spiritual in furneral rites, the practices of human sacrifice and ritual killing, as well as the processes of grieving, burial, cremation, remembrance, and the differing concepts of life after death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437974874
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kerrigan has written widely on both ancient and modern history.

He writes regularly for the Scotsman, Edinburgh, and the Times Literary Supplement, London, and is currently co-editing the Illustrated History of the World for Reader’s Digest.

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