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By Peter Metcalf

This revised version of a cross-cultural examine of rituals surrounding demise has develop into a regular textual content in anthropology, sociology, and faith. a part of its fascination and luck is that during realizing different people's demise rituals we can achieve a greater realizing of our personal. Peter Metcalf and Richard Huntington seek advice from a large choice of examples from diverse continents and epochs. They evaluate the nice tombs of the Berawan of Borneo and the pyramids of Egypt, or the dramas of medieval French royal funerals and the burial alive of the Dinka "masters of the spear" within the Sudan, and different burials which initially sight appear to have little in universal. a lot of those situations are anthropological classics, and the authors use those examples in part that allows you to illustrate the numerous alternative ways during which anthropologists have attempted to interpret those rites. a brand new creation reports theoretical advancements within the anthropological research of dying because the publication first seemed in 1979.

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11 In the German states, the rediscovery of Tacitus’s Germania at Hersfeld in 1425 and its idealized portrayal of Germanic society dominated German scholarly investigations of the nature of Frankish society for the next three hundred years. 12 Social and national movements also directly affected the fate of numerous Merovingian antiquities. In the 1700s, Enlightenment philosophy 8. Fritz Wagner, Die politische Bedeutung des Childerich-Grabfundes von 1653, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Klasse, Sitzungsberichte, Jahrgang 1973, pt.

7 Growing interest in the symbolic significance of certain secular artifacts, particularly those construed as royal insignia, influenced attitudes toward 4. ” Current Anthropology 39 (1998): 19–24; Stephen Shennan, Introduction to his Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Identity, One World Archaeology 10 (London: Unwin Hyman, 1989), 1–12. 5. ; Patrick J. Geary, Furta sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages, rev. ed. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990). This is not to say that material remains outside of religious contexts had no significance, since in twelfth-century England the existence of ruins such as Stonehenge were very much a part of the medieval imagination; see Stuart Piggott, “Antiquarian Thought in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” in his Ruins in a Landscape: Essays in Antiquarianism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1976), 1–5.

By the early modern period, some efforts made to exhume Merovingian graves thus did not necessarily have direct relevance for the religious settings in which they occurred. 6 The decreasing importance of grave sites in the determination of salvation also provided some impetus for the modification of excavating priorities. 7 Growing interest in the symbolic significance of certain secular artifacts, particularly those construed as royal insignia, influenced attitudes toward 4. ” Current Anthropology 39 (1998): 19–24; Stephen Shennan, Introduction to his Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Identity, One World Archaeology 10 (London: Unwin Hyman, 1989), 1–12.

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