Burial sites have long been recognized as a way to understand past civilizations. Yet, the meanings of our present day cemeteries have been virtually ignored, even though they reveal much about our cultures. Exploring an extraordinarily diverse range of memorial practice - Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Roman Catholic and Anglican, as well as the unchurched - The Secret Cemetery is an intriguing study of what these places of death mean to the living. Most of us experience cemeteries at a ritualized moment of loss. What we forget is that these are often places to which we returban either as a general space in which to contemplate or as a specific site to be tended. These are also places where different communities can reinforce boundaries and even recreate a sense of homeland. Over time, ritual, artefact and place shape an intensely personal landscape of memory and mourbaning, a landscape more alive, more actively engaged with than many of the other places we inhabit.
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About the Author
Doris Francis is Research Associate, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leonie Kellaher is Principal Research Officer and Director of the Centre for Environmental and Social Studies in Ageing, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of North London and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of North London. Georgina Neophytou is Research Assistant, University of North London and Consultant, Open University.
Table of Contents
Studying the Living in Cemeteries * The Dynamics of Cemetery Landscapes * Planting the Memory: the Cemetery in the First Year of Mourbaning * The Grave as Home and Garden * Remembering the Dead for the Long Term * Keeping Kin and Kinship Alive * Cemeteries as Ethnic Homelands
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unbelievable in its depth on the study of how, why, when we -- as the living -- visit cemeteries. From a family history perspective this quote from page 156 goes right to the heart: "My parents died, but who were their grandparents? I know my grandparents but not my father's grandparents. How far back can you go? How far back are you expected to go? The family bond? I love my children and my grandchildren, but should I love my great-grandchildren and my great great-grandchildren? If I am alive, or if I look down, how far does the obligation of love to family go? How far back? How far down?" Wow! How far does the love go? I would like to think forever.