Corpses, coffins, and crypts: a history of burial
Drawing on extensive historical and anthropological research, personal accounts, and interviews with people who work in the funeral industry, Penny Colman examines the compelling subjects of death and burial across cultures and societies. The text, enriched with stories both humorous and poignant, includes details about the decomposition and embalming processes (an adult corpse buried six feet deep without a coffin will usually take five to ten years to turn into a skeleton) and describes thevarious customs associated with containing remains (the Igala people in Nigeria have a custom of burying people in as many as twenty-seven layers of clothing). Intriguing facts are revealed at every turn; for example, in Madagascar winter was considered the corpse-turning season.
This comprehensive book also includes a list of burial sites of famous people, images in the arts associated with death, fascinating epitaphs and gravestone carvings, a chronology and a glossary, and over a hundred black-and-white photographs, most of which were taken by the author.
Penny Colman writes with compassion and intelligence and humanizes the difficult subjects of death and burial. The result is a powerful look at an inevitable part of life--death.
Level 8.9, 5 Points
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|Grouping Title||corpses coffins and crypts a history of burial|
|Grouping Author||colman penny|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-09-28 04:16:43AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-13 04:31:03AM|
|display_description||Documents the burial process throughout the centuries and in different cultures.|
|subject_facet||Burial -- History -- Juvenile literature|
Burial -- Juvenile literature
Death -- Social aspects
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- History
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- History -- Juvenile literature
|title_display||Corpses, coffins, and crypts : a history of burial|
|title_full||Corpses, coffins, and crypts : a history of burial / by Penny Colman|
|title_short||Corpses, coffins, and crypts|
|title_sub||a history of burial|
Funeral rites and ceremonies