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

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In the bestselling tradition of Stiff, this book expands on the subject of death, traveling across continents and centuries to reveal how distinctively various cultures react to the human's final act. From the medieval French funerals of kings and the Sudanese Danka burying alive its masters of the spear to the great Berawan tombs of Borneo and the catacombs of Paris, Kerr ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Lyons Press
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Clark Hays
Nov 14, 2014 Clark Hays rated it really liked it
Memento mori -- remember, you’re going to die.

Death is such a cheery topic. This is a light and lively tour through the ages and across cultures exploring funerary customs, concepts of the afterlife and our usually uneasy relationship with death. The author is a skilled writer adept at distilling information down into powerful, occasionally wry (bordering on the irreverent) insights. I was struck by the similarities at the heart of so many shared beliefs, perceptions and fears related to our o
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Joss
Jul 13, 2013 Joss rated it really liked it
Despite the subject, a fairly light read with plenty of illustrations that gives a good overview of attitudes to death and the customs of various cultures both past and present.
Jaymee
Jun 25, 2015 Jaymee rated it really liked it
Very good introduction to mortuary rituals all over the world. Includes art and literature.
Metagion
Aug 13, 2014 Metagion rated it really liked it
This book has all the information you'd need to find out how different peoples/faiths/areas view death and the soul (or spirit) and the customs and practices involved when life ends. Excellent pictures as well.
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