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Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral

Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral

Harra, Todd

Hardcover

AnthropologyDeath & DyingGeneral United States History

Publisher Price: $26.99

ISBN10: 1683648056
ISBN13: 9781683648055
Publisher: Sounds True Inc
Published: Aug 2 2022
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.10
Height: 1.10 Width: 5.80 Depth: 8.60
Language: English

The Untold Story of American Funeral and Mourning Traditions

Why do we embalm the deceased? Why are funerals so expensive? Is there a reason coffins are shaped the way they are? When--and why--did we start viewing the deceased? Ceremonies for honoring the departed are crucial parts of our lives, but few people know where our traditional practices come from--and what they reveal about our history, culture, and beliefs about death. In Last Rites, author Todd Harra takes you on a fascinating exploration of American funeral practices--examining where they came from, what they mean, and how they are still evolving.

Our conventions around death, burial, and remembrance have undergone many great transitions--sometimes due to technology, respect for tradition, shifting sensibilities, or even to thwart grave robbers. Here you'll explore:

- Influences for American rituals--from medieval Europe, the Roman Empire, and even ancient Egypt

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