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Memento mori : the dead among us

Author: Paul Koudounaris
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Death is universal, but the human response to death varies widely. In Western society, death is usually medicalized and taboo, and kept apart from the world of the living, while in much of the rest of the world, and for much of human history, death has commonly been far more integrated into peoples' daily existence, and human remains are as much a reminder of life, memento vitae, as of death, memento mori. Through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Koudounaris
ISBN: 9780500517789 0500517789
OCLC Number: 881207927
Description: 215 pages : colour illustrations ; 34 cm
Contents: The dead will rise: Macabre masterpieces of the nineteenth century --
The gates of paradise: bones and salvation in the Christian tradition --
They walk among us: mysterious burial caves in Asia --
Blessed Souls: elaborate ossuaries in the Catholic world --
They shall not parish: memorials in bone to victims of tragedy --
Remains to be seen: mummies and other exquisite corpses --
Crossing the border: the living and the dead in Bolivia --
Heavenly glory: decorated bones from around the world.
Responsibility: Paul Koudounaris.

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From burial caves in Indonesia festooned with bones, to skulls smoking cigarettes, wearing beanie hats and sunglasses, and decorated with garlands of flowers in South America, the author ventures  Read more...

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<em>Memento Mori</em> is led by the visuals: spellbinding images of decorated skulls, elaborate burials, and other death-related customs from around the world.

 
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