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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252063554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252063558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,181,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crissman (sociology, Illinois Benedictine Coll.) presents a scholarly investigation of the funeral customs of the Central Appalachian region. The author maintains that the isolation and inaccessibility of this mountainous area contributed to a culture characterized by close kinship ties that "gave rise to a distinctive relationship with death that allowed for honor and dignity for the deceased and grieving and comfort for the survivors." His research is based on a careful review of the literature, which is well documented in the book's extensive notes and bibliography, and on interviews with elderly inhabitants of the region. Traditional customs as well as modern practices involving the preparation of the body, the funeral service, and burial rites are examined. Recommended for Appalachian and thanatological studies collections.
Eloise R. Hitchcock, Tennessee Technological Univ. Lib., Cookeville
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An engrossing examination of death and funeral beliefs and customs in one American region ... [as well as] their background in older cultures." -- Loyal Jones, past director of the Berea College Appalachian Center

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I took the class Death and Dying with Dr. Crissman, the author of this book, and it is really informational. The details that he presents in this book are vivid. Though the pictures are not of the best quality, this is understandable because they are from the early part of the century. The research that he performed for this book allows for the inclusion of information that normally would not find its way into a text book. Don't get me wrong, this is not written in a traditional text format, but there is enough factual information in it that allows for it to be used as such or as a recreational reading book. I would recommend this book if you are interested in the various rituals that have been performed in the past in association with death and the meaning behind those rituals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abbey on December 9, 2012
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This book was extremely well written and the writer has a gift of words and simple way of explaining his points.
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By mikey535xd on September 3, 2013
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My paternal grandfather was a funeral director in TN so I natraully had a curiosity. I remember sitting up with the dead way into the 80s. This is great about from where some of these customs originate. very interesting
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