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    Buried Soul : How Humans Invented Death

    ISBN-10: 0807046671
    ISBN-13: 9780807046678
    Author(s): Timothy Taylor
    Description: The Buried Soul is a worldwide exploration of the rites and rituals of death. Timothy Taylor"s search spans all of human history and interweaves the author"s own experience of bewildering deaths. By combining cutting-edge science, personal insight,  More...
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    Publisher: Beacon Press
    Binding: Perfect 
    Pages: 368
    Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.342
    Language: English

    The Buried Soul is a worldwide exploration of the rites and rituals of death. Timothy Taylor"s search spans all of human history and interweaves the author"s own experience of bewildering deaths. By combining cutting-edge science, personal insight, and scholarship, The Buried Soul offers a radical voyage into sepulchral worlds. "The Buried Soul, by British archeologist Timothy Taylor, is an extraordinary immersion experience . . . I had always supposed that archeology was as dry as the dust and bones it traffics in, as pedestrian as the catalogs it compiles. On the contrary, when expounded by a masterly storyteller like Taylor, it resembles psychoanalysis at its best...I haven"t space to illustrate how ingeniously Taylor assembles his interpretations, patiently working out the barely intelligible motives and beliefs of the creatures who became us . . . Wherever else you travel, you should consider a trip into "deep time" with The Buried Soul." --George Scialabba, Boston Globe "Taylor makes sense of the ghastly and the seemingly insensible--African muti killings, human sacrifice, vampires, and triple-killed bog bodies. Archaeology was never so entertaining, and entertainment never so edifying. Taylor rescues cannibalism from its P.C. detention hall. He hauls ghosts off the Halloween novelty racks and reflects on their ancient status as disembodied souls: dangerous, utterly terrifying entities that had to be trapped, served, tricked, placated. There is not a trite thought or lazy idea in this book. Taylor is blazingly smart and deeply human." --Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers "Learned and impassioned." --Adam Kirsch, New York Sun

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: Sentiments and Chronologies
    Ascending Underground
    A Skeleton Illuminated by Lightning
    The Edible Dead
    The Foreign Witness
    Welcome to Weirdworld
    Vexed Ghosts
    Annihilation
    Beyond the Pavlov Hills
    An Unexpected Vampire
    The Singing Bone
    Conclusion: Visceral Insulation
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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