By Penny Colman
Drawing on vast historic and anthropological study, own bills, and interviews with those who paintings within the funeral undefined, Penny Colman examines the compelling matters of dying and burial throughout cultures and societies. The textual content, enriched with tales either funny and poignant, comprises information about the decomposition and embalming tactics (an grownup corpse buried intercourse ft deep with no coffin will often take 5 to 10 years to show right into a skeleton) and describes a number 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). exciting proof are printed at each flip; for instance, in Madagascar wintry weather was once thought of the corpse-turning season.
This complete booklet additionally encompasses a checklist of burial websites of well-known humans, photographs within the arts linked to demise, interesting epitaphs and headstone carvings, a chronology and a word list, and over 100 black-and-white images, such a lot of that have been taken via the author.
Penny Colman writes with compassion and intelligence and humanizes the tricky topics of demise and burial. the result's a strong examine an inevitable a part of life--death.
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Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts by Penny Colman