The Death Rituals of Rural Greece

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Princeton University Press, 1982 - 169 pagine
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This compelling text and dramatic photographic essay convey the emotional power of the death rituals of a small Greek village--the funeral, the singing of laments, the distribution of food, the daily visits to the graves, and especially the rite of exhumation. These rituals help Greek villagers face the universal paradox of mourning: how can the living sustain relationships with the dead and at the same time bring them to an end, in order to continue to live meaningfully as members of a community? That is the villagers' dilemma, and our own. Thirty-one moving photographs (reproduced in duotone to do justice to their great beauty) combine with vivid descriptions of the bereaved women of "Potamia" and with the words of the funeral laments to allow the reader an unusual emotional identification with the people of rural Greece as they struggle to integrate the experience of death into their daily lives.

Loring M. Danforth's sensitive use of symbolic and structural analysis complements his discussion of the social context in which these rituals occur. He explores important themes in rural Greek life, such as the position of women, patterns of reciprocity and obligation, and the nature of social relations within the family.

 

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Indice

DEATH IN POTAMIA
9
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEATH
25
DEATH AS PASSAGE
35
METAPHORS OF MEDIATION IN GREEK FUNERAL LAMENTS
71
WOUNDS THAT NEVER HEAL
117
BIBLIOGRAPHY
153
INDEX
163
PHOTOGRAPHS
171
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (1982)

Loring M. Danforth is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology at Bates College and the author of several books, including, most recently, "The Macedonian Conflict: Ethnic Nationalism in a Transnational World".

Alexander Tsiaras, founder and CEO of Anatomical Travelogue, Inc., has more than twenty years of experience in the worlds of medicine, research, and art, and has won world recognition as a photojournalist, artist, and writer. His work has been featured on numerous television programs and on the covers of "Life", "Time", "The New York Times Magazine", "Smithsonian", and many other magazines. He is the author of "From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds", "The Architecture and Design of Man and Woman: The Marvel of the Human Body, Revealed", and "The InVision Guide to a Healthy Heart". Mr. Tsiaras lives in New York City.

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