"Readers of "Purified by Fire" will find themselves enthralled by their own history and left pondering the disposition of their own remains. Prothero has crafted a thoroughly admirable book, a model for writing cultural history on religiously significant topics. The scholarship is exemplary. Prothero is accurate, critical, anlaytical, and all the while, he tells a good story." --Ronald L. Grimes, author of "Reading in Ritual Studies" (1996) and "Deeply into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage" (2000) "In "Purified by ...

Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America 2001, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520208162