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|Notes:||Originally published: Dancing on the grave. Great Britain : J. Murray.
"A John Macrae book."
|Description:||240 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The Universality of Death --
2. Before and after the Fact --
3. The Mythical Place of Death --
4. The Quick and the Dead: Relations across the Grave --
5. Only Flesh and Blood --
6. Political Deaths --
7. Fixed Abode: Time, Place and Death --
8. Metaphors We Die By --
9. From the Cradle to the Grave --
10. Getting Ahead: War, Murder and Capital Punishment --
11. In Memoriam.
|Other Titles:||Dancing on the grave|
Death is shown to be more than an individual experience. Anthropologist Nigel Barley writes that his colleagues long ago decided to give it a big role in the collective drama of life. Malinowski, for example, saw it as the origin of all religion, and later ethnologists have seen the fear and denial of death as the origin of all culture. Grave Matters reveals that the body may be preserved or obliterated, transformed into furniture or eaten. Everywhere death is not just a window on eternity but a mirror in which we see ourselves in all our human diversity and the variety of our purposes.