Days of Death, Days of Life by Kristin Norget
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Days of Death, Days of Life
By Kristin Norget

Days of Death, Days of Life

Ritual in the Popular Culture of Oaxaca

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Days of Death, Days of Life by Kristin Norget

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Kristin Norget explores the practice and meanings of death rituals in poor urban neighborhoods on the outskirts of the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca. Drawing on her extensive fieldwork in Oaxaca City, Norget provides vivid descriptions of the Day of the Dead and other popular religious practices. She analyzes how the rites and beliefs associated with death shape and reflect poor Oaxacans' values and social identity. Norget also considers the intimate relationship that is perceived to exist between the living and the dead in Oaxacan popular culture. She argues that popular death rituals, which lie largely outside the sanctioned practices of the Catholic Church, establish and reinforce an ethical view of the world in which the dead remain with the living and in which the poor (as opposed to the privileged classes) do right by one another and their dead. For poor Oaxacans, these rituals affirm a set of social beliefs and practices, based on fairness, egalitarianism, and inclusiveness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231136891
ISBN-10: 0231136897
Format: Paperback
(206mm x 165mm x 20mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kristin Norget

Kristin Norget is associate professor of anthropology at McGill University.

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