Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 1, 2006 - Social Science - 158 pages
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In this volume, the author explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals have evolved into affairs that help the living with the healing process. Thursby suggests that there is irony in the festivities surrounding death.

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Page 6 - He spoke, and the black cloud of sorrow closed on Achilleus. In both hands he caught up the grimy dust, and poured it over his head and face, and fouled his handsome countenance, and the black ashes were scattered over his immortal tunic. And he himself, mightily in his might, in the dust lay at length, and took and tore at his hair with his hands, and defiled it.

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JACQUELINE S. THURSBY is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University, where she specializes in folklore studies. Her previous books include Mother's Table, Father's Chair: Cultural Narratives of Basque American Women (1999).

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