Celebrations of Death The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual

ISBN-10: 0521423759

ISBN-13: 9780521423755

Edition: 2nd 1991 (Revised)

Authors: Peter Metcalf, Richard Huntington

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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 and success is that in understanding other people's death rituals we are able to gain a better understanding of our own. Peter Metcalf and Richard Huntington 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, or the dramas of medieval French royal funerals and the burial alive of the Dinka "masters of the spear" in the Sudan, and other burials which at first sight seem to have little in common. Many of these cases are anthropological classics, and the authors use these examples partly in order to illustrate the many different ways in which anthropologists have tried to interpret these rites. A new introduction reviews theoretical developments in the anthropological study of death since the book first appeared in 1979.
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/25/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction to the second edition
Preliminaries
Universals and Culture
Emotional reactions to death
Symbolic associations of death
Death as Transition
The living and the dead: a re-examination of Hertz
Death rituals and life values: rites of passage reconsidered
The Royal Corpse and the Body Politic
The dead king
The immortal kingship
Seeing Ourselves Anew
American deathways
Bibliography
Index
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