Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual

Celebrations of Death The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual This revised edition of a cross cultural study of death rituals has become a standard text in anthropology sociology and religion A new introduction reviews anthropological developments since its pu

  • Title: Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual
  • Author: Peter Metcalf
  • ISBN: 9780521423755
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • This revised edition of a cross cultural study of death rituals has become a standard text in anthropology, sociology, and religion A new introduction reviews anthropological developments since its publication in 1979.

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    • Drawing upon ethnographic accounts of funerary practices from Southeast Asia to North America, Metcalf and Huntington seek to extract the meanings within the collective representations that societies construct around death. The paradoxical nature of funerary significations emerging from those accounts consists in their sheer overdetermination, partaking at once of human biological universals and culturally-particular models, as well as entailing multiplicities of non-exclusive functional and sym [...]


    • I only read the American Deathways chapter, which was interesting and disturbing. A lot of the information comes from the essays of David Ariès, like this:Today, the physician and the family conspire to keep all knowledge of impending death from the sick person. The truth is also kept from children, and indeed the terminally ill are reduced to the status of minors. Should they suspect the truth, they keep quiet about their fears so that the survivors can have the comfort of saying to themselves [...]


    • Difficult to get through, particularly the first section, I find that it skips around a lot. Eventually gets better, the last few chapters gets particularly interesting with discussing Egypt and kingship in France/England. Much easier to read and relate because they're cultures we're actually heard of, unlike most other cultures referenced in the book (Bara, Berawan, etc.) I actually read the book for Peter Metcalf's religion course.


    • This is a good book for anybody interested in the anthropological view of death and burial practices. Although a bit diffifult to read, it provides a discussion of death/burial rites particularly in Borneo, Madagascar, and Africa (one chapter is dedicated to American burial rituals).


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