Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

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ABC-CLIO, Nov 21, 2016 - Social Science - 1247 pages

From the beginning of our lives to the end, all of humanity celebrates life's milestones through traditions and unique customs. In the United States, we have specific events like baby showers, rites of passage such as Bat and Bar Mitzvahs and "sweet 16" birthday parties, and sober end-of-life traditions like obituaries and funeral services that honor those who have died. But what kinds of customs and traditions are practiced in other countries? How do people in other cultures welcome babies, prepare to enter into adulthood, and commemorate the end of the lives of loved ones?

This three-volume encyclopedia covers more than 300 birth, life, and death customs, with the books' content organized chronologically by life stage. Volume 1 focuses on birth and childhood customs, Volume 2 documents adolescent and early-adulthood customs, and Volume 3 looks at aging and death customs. The entries in the first volume examine pre-birth traditions, such as baby showers and other gift-giving events, and post-birth customs, such as naming ceremonies, child-rearing practices, and traditions performed to ward off evil or promote good health. The second volume contains information about rites of passage as children become adults, including indigenous initiations, marriage customs, and religious ceremonies. The final volume concludes with coverage on customs associated with aging and death, such as retirement celebrations, elaborate funeral processions, and the creation of fantasy coffins. The set features beautiful color inserts that illustrate examples of celebrations and ceremonies and includes an appendix of excerpts from primary documents that include legislation on government-accepted names, wedding vows, and maternity/paternity leave regulations.


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This book would be interesting but 205 dollars for an ebook. I like my books in print, and if you charge this much there should he a hundred Phd. writing it. Get real or your book dies on the vine . . . good luck, would have purchased but not t that price, from an unknown doctor (phd).


From Baby Showers to Funerals Volume 2 Adolescence and Early Adulthood
From Baby Showers to Funerals Volume 3 Aging and Death
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Victoria Williams, PhD, is an independent writer and researcher living in London, England. She is author of ABC-CLIO's Weird Sports and Wacky Games Around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing.

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