Funeral Customs

Funeral Customs

by Bertram S. Puckle

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Overview

An examination of funeral customs and burial practices, dating from ancient times through the late Victorian and early modern era, "Funeral Customs" is a classic in the field of necrology, an exhaustive examination of the cult of mourning and remembrance. Why do we memorialize the dead in the way that we do? How did such strange customs develop over the centuries? For all the grim souls seeking out an answer to these and other troubling questions, questions as to the nature of death, grief, burial and the riddle of life itself, this book is one that will not fail to capture their intellectual and emotional faculties. Death is the inexorable end of life; this book shows where that final journey might lead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781716587214
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 09/12/2020
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I THE PROVISIONS OF NATURE 2 CHAPTER II DEATH WARNINGS--WHEN DOES DEATH TAKE PLACE? 7 CHAPTER III PREPARATION FOR BURIAL, COFFINS, "GRAVE-GOODS," SUTTEE 21 CHAPTER IV WAKES, MUTES, WAILERS, SINEATING, TOTEMISM, DEATH-TAXES 51 CHAPTER V BELLS, MOURNING 71 CHAPTER VI FUNERAL FEASTS AND PROCESSIONS 87 CHAPTER VII EARLY BURIAL-PLACES 118 CHAPTER VIII CHURCHYARDS, CEMETERIES, ORIENTATION AND OTHER BURIAL CUSTOMS 127 CHAPTER IX TREES, FLOWERS, BODYSNATCHING 152 CHAPTER X PLAGUE 170 CHAPTER XI STATE AND PUBLIC FUNERALS 179 CHAPTER XII CREMATION, EMBALMING 197 CHAPTER XIII IN MEMORIAM 220 CHAPTER XIV MEMORIALS, EPITAPHS, RINGS AND MOURNING CARDS 241

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