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Celebrations of Death Peter Metcalf (University of Virginia)

Celebrations of Death By Peter Metcalf (University of Virginia)

Celebrations of Death by Peter Metcalf (University of Virginia)


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This revised edition of a cross-cultural study of rituals surrounding death has become a standard text in anthropology, sociology and religion. Part of its fascination is that in understanding other people's death rituals we are able to gain a better understanding of our own. The authors refer to a wide variety of examples, from different continents and epochs.

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Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual by Peter Metcalf (University of Virginia)

This revised edition of a cross-cultural study of rituals surrounding death has become a standard text in anthropology, sociology and religion. Part of its fascination is that in understanding other people's death rituals we are able to gain a better understanding of our own. The authors refer to a wide variety of examples, from different continents and epochs. They compare the great tombs of the Berawan of Borneo and the pyramids of Egypt, as well as the dramas of medieval French royal funerals and the burial alive of the Dinka 'masters of the spear' in the Sudan, and other rituals which at first sight seem to have little in common. Many of these cases are anthropological classics, but the authors place them in an alternative context, so as to shape a novel synthesis on the anthropology of death ritual. A fresh introduction reviews theoretical developments in the field since the book first appeared in 1979.

Celebrations of Death Reviews

...a model of clarity. It can be read by specialist and non-specialist alike... Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
...a readable and fascinating survey that on occasions borders on the brilliant. Choice

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction to the second edition; 1. Preliminaries; Part I. Universals and Culture: 2. Emotional reactions to death; 3. Symbolic associations of death; Part II. Death as Transition: 4. The living and the dead: a re-examination of Hertz; 5. Death rituals and life values: rites of passage reconsidered; Part III. The Royal Corpse and the Body Politic: 6. The dead king; 7. The immortal kingship; Part IV. Seeing Ourselves Anew: 8. American deathways; Bibliography; Index.

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CIN0521423759G
9780521423755
0521423759
Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual by Peter Metcalf (University of Virginia)
Used - Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
19911025
258
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