Death and Changing Rituals: Function and Meaning in Ancient Funerary Practices

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The forms by which a deceased person may be brought to rest are as many as there are causes of death. In most societies the disposal of the corpse is accompanied by some form of celebration or ritual which may range from a simple act of deportment in solitude to the engagement of large masses of people in laborious and creative festivities. In a funerary context the term ritual may be taken to represent a process that incorporates all the actions performed and thoughts expressed in connection with a dying and dead person, ...

Death and Changing Rituals: Function and meaning in ancient funerary practices 2014, Oxbow Books, Oxford

ISBN-13: 9781782976394