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Dying to Eat: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death, and the Afterlife (Material Worlds)

Dying to Eat: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death, and the Afterlife (Material Worlds)

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Publication Date: January 5th, 2018
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
ISBN:
9780813174693
Pages:
208
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Description

Food has played a major role in funerary and memorial practices since the dawn of the human race. In the ancient Roman world, for example, it was common practice to build channels from the tops of graves into the crypts themselves, and mourners would regularly pour offerings of food and drink into these conduits to nourish the dead while they waited for the afterlife. Funeral cookies wrapped with printed prayers and poems meant to comfort mourners became popular in Victorian England; while in.

About the Author

Candi K. Cann is assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core at Baylor University. She specializes in comparative religion, death, and bereavement and is the author of The World Religions: Essential Readings and Handbook.