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The mourner's dance : what we do when people die

Author: Katherine Ashenburg
Publisher: Toronto : Macfarlane Walter & Ross, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When her daughter's fiance died suddenly, Katherine Ashenburg was surprised to see how, amid the expected ceremonies of modern mourning, her daughter intuitively re-created the traditional rituals of grief, even those of which she was entirely ignorant. Intrigued, Ashenburg began to explore the rich and endlessly inventive choreographies different cultures have devised to mark a universal and deeply felt condition.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Ashenburg
ISBN: 1551990741 9781551990743 1551991241 9781551991245
OCLC Number: 49795026
Description: 339 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Bustle in a House --
2. Wailing Time --
3. The Celebration --
4. Final Destination --
5. After Great Pain --
6. How to Mourn --
7. The Gender of Mourning --
8. Sad Clothes --
9. Sorrow Shared --
10. Keepsakes --
11. As Gently As Possible.
Responsibility: Katherine Ashenburg.
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"When her daughter's fiance died suddenly, Katherine Ashenburg was surprised to see how, amid the expected ceremonies of modern mourning, her daughter intuitively re-created the traditional rituals of grief, even those of which she was entirely ignorant. Intrigued, Ashenburg began to explore the rich and endlessly inventive choreographies different cultures have devised to mark a universal and deeply felt condition. Her travels and researches explored familiar customs like the Jewish ritual of sitting shiva and Mexico's Day of the Dead and, further afield, introduced her to Hindu funeral pyres, the "merry wakes" of Newfoundland, and other unexpected customs. She also journeyed back in time to uncover the changing face of mourning from the Roman era to the present, paying particular attention to the hair bracelets, deathbed portraits, and elaborate rites of those mourners par excellence, the Victorians." "The Mourner's Dance uncovers the psychological wisdom embedded in these customs ancient and new, and the value of ritual in restoring selves, and communities, unraveled by loss. It is about how, in the wake of death, we go on living."--Jacket.

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