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Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased: From Corpse to Concept

by William W. McCorkle Jr. Author

The only sure things in life, they say, are death and taxes. And taxes have only existed since capitalism. Death has been with humans since we first climbed down from the trees and the ways we deal with our dead makes more a fascinating study. Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased examines diverse cultural settings using archival and ethnographic evidence. Author McCorkle Jr contrasts various ways of disposing bodies with the ways that Buddhists ignore all such rituals. Using interdisciplinary scholarship to show that religious customs often neglect to consider the actual evidence around them, Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased provides a fascinating look at death and dying.

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