By Peter Metcalf, Richard Huntington

This revised variation of a cross-cultural examine of rituals surrounding demise has turn into a regular textual content in anthropology, sociology, and faith. a part of its fascination and good fortune is that during realizing different people's demise rituals we will achieve a greater realizing of our personal. Peter Metcalf and Richard Huntington confer with a wide selection of examples from diversified continents and epochs. They examine the good 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" within the Sudan, and different burials which at the start sight appear to have little in universal. a lot of those situations are anthropological classics, and the authors use those examples partially with a view to illustrate the various other ways during which anthropologists have attempted to interpret those rites. a brand new advent reports theoretical advancements within the anthropological learn of dying because the publication first seemed in 1979.

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