Death Is a Festival Funeral Rites and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

ISBN-10: 080785445X

ISBN-13: 9780807854457

Edition: 2003

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This award-winning social history of death and funeral rites during the early decades of Brazil's independence from Portugal focuses on the Cemiterada movement in Salvador, capital of the province of Bahia. The book opens with a lively account of the popular riot that ensued when, in 1836, the government condemned the traditional burial of bodies inside Catholic church buildings and granted a private company a monopoly over burials. This episode is used by Reis to examine the customs of death and burial in Bahian society, explore the economic and religious conflicts behind the move for funerary reforms and the maintenance of traditional rituals of dying, and understand how people dealt with new concerns sparked by modernization and science. Viewing culture within its social context, he illuminates the commonalities and differences that shaped death and its rituals for rich and poor, men and women, slaves and masters, adults and children, foreigners and Brazilians. This translation makes the book, originally published in Brazil in 1993, available in English for the first time.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction. The Cemiterada
Setting of the Cemiterada
Brotherhoods and Baroque Catholicism
The Hour of Death: Means of Dying Well
The Hour of the Dead: Household Funeral Rites
The Pageantry of Death: Traditional Funeral Corteges
Sacred Space of the Dead: The Place of Burial
Bound for Glory: Funeral Masses and Divine Advocates
Civilizing Customs (I): The Medicalization of Death
Civilizing Customs (II): Legislated Death
Commercializing Death: Provincial Law 17
The Resistance against the Cemetery
Epilogue. After the Revolt
Death as a Business: Funerary Income and Expenses
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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