Corpses, Coffins, And Crypts: A History Of Burial

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Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

Drawing on extensive historical and anthropological research, personal accounts, and interviews with people who work in the funeral industry, Penny Colman examines the compelling subjects of death and burial across cultures and societies. The text, enriched with stories both humorous and poignant, includes details about the decomposition and embalming processes (an adult corpse buried six feet deep without a coffin will usually take five to ten years to turn into a skeleton) and describes the various customs associated with containing remains (the Igala people in Nigeria have a custom of burying people in as many as twenty-seven layers of clothing). Intriguing facts are revealed at every turn; for example, in Madagascar winter was considered the corpse-turning season.

Specification of Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial

GENERAL
AuthorPenny Colman
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Edition1st
ISBN-100805050663
ISBN-139780805050660
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
Publication Date1997
DIMENSIONS
Height7.63 inch.
Length0.85 inch.
Width9.39 inch.
Weight1.45 pounds.

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