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Days of Death, Days of Life: Ritual in the Popular Culture of Oaxaca
Kristin Norget explores the practice and meanings of death rituals in poor urban neighborhoods on the outskirts of the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca. Drawing on her extensive fieldwork in Oaxaca City, Norget provides vivid descriptions of the Day of the Dead and other popular religious practices. She analyzes how the rites and beliefs associated with death shape and ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Columbia University Press
(first published November 16th 2005)
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This was an excellent and well researched ethnography. While the initial set-up of the culture, etc. is a bit long, the author's description and account of ritual funerary practices was stunning. Also, I enjoyed the author's thoughts on how the activities of globalization are changing and/or potentially changing the most popular practices regarding the Day of the Dead.