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Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Death matters and the matters of death are initially, and to a large extent, the decaying flesh of the corpse. Cremation as a ritual practice is the fastest and most optimal way of dissolving the corpse’s flesh, either by annihilation or purification, or a combination. Still, cremation was not the final rite, and the archaeological record testifies that the dead represented a means to other ends – the flesh, and not the least the bones – have been incorporated in a wide range of other ritual contexts. While human sacrifices and cannibalism as ritual phenomena are much discussed in anthropology, archaeology has an advantage, since the actual bone material leaves traces of ritual practices that are unseen and unheard of in the contemporary world. As such, this book fleshes out a broader and more coherent understanding of prehistoric religions and funeral practices in Scandinavia by focusing on cremation, corpses and cannibalism.

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Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. , p. 202
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Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-348708Libris ID: 20801509ISBN: 978-1-4438-8173-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-348708DiVA, id: diva2:1198282
Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-17 Last updated: 2018-05-31Bibliographically approved

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