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Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America

Stephen Prothero

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520208162
eISBN:
9780520929746
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520208162.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Just one hundred years ago, Americans almost universally condemned cremation. Today, nearly one-quarter of Americans choose to be cremated. The practice has gained wide acceptance as a funeral rite, ... More


Introduction

Stephen Prothero

in Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520208162
eISBN:
9780520929746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520208162.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Death changes humans in an instant into something completely new. Spirit, soul, and mind flash away, and what was once a living body becomes a new creation. The American ways of death—burial and ... More


Death in an Age of Wild Ghosts

Jason Hickel

in Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520284227
eISBN:
9780520959866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284227.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the sacrificial rites that families in rural Zululand perform in their attempts to restore hierarchies and reestablish the conditions for social reproduction. It focuses ... More


Military Animals: The Zoological Gardens and the Culture of Total War

Ian Jared Miller

in The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520271869
eISBN:
9780520952102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271869.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

The fascist 1930s and 1940s began as a golden age for the zoo. Vast ecosystems were suddenly within reach, as the military conquered new territory. Highly sought after megafauna, such as Indonesian ... More


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