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Ritual & Remembrance: Responses to Death in Human Societies
Jon Davies (ed) (in). Since the end of the last Ice Age ten thousand or so years ago, over the period that we know as ‘history’, about 100 billion people have died. Death is, on the one hand, an ordinary, inevitable, mundane event, which must be budgeted for & dealt with pragmatically. On the other hand, human beings have always endowed death & its mystery with enormous cultural significance, & have sought to transcend it through rituals & memorials of all kinds. This fascinating collection of essays provides a range of perspectives on death, encompassing literature, archaeology, law, medical ethics, music & art. The essays are arranged by topic: the politics of ancestry; death in war; disposing of the dead; & matters of life & death.
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