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By Penny Colman

Drawing on large ancient and anthropological examine, own money owed, and interviews with those that paintings within the funeral undefined, Penny Colman examines the compelling topics of loss of life and burial throughout cultures and societies. The textual content, enriched with tales either funny and poignant, contains information about the decomposition and embalming approaches (an grownup corpse buried intercourse ft deep with out a coffin will frequently take 5 to 10 years to show right into a skeleton) and describes some of the customs linked to containing continues to be (the Igala humans in Nigeria have a customized of burying humans in as many as twenty-seven layers of clothing). fascinating evidence are printed at each flip; for instance, in Madagascar iciness used to be thought of the corpse-turning season.

This entire ebook additionally features a checklist of burial websites of well-known humans, pictures within the arts linked to loss of life, interesting epitaphs and headstone carvings, a chronology and a word list, and over 100 black-and-white photos, so much of that have been taken by means of the author.

Penny Colman writes with compassion and intelligence and humanizes the tough matters of demise and burial. the result's a robust examine an inevitable a part of life--death.

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