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  • Thicker Than Waterby Melissa Meyer

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 43.95

    Blood is more than a fluid solution of cells, platelets and plasma. It is a symbol for the most basic of human concerns--life, death and family find expression in rituals surrounding everything from menstruation to human sacrifice. Comprehensive in its scope and provocative in its argument, this book examines beliefs and rituals concerning blood... more...

  • Japanese Tree Burialby Sébastien Penmellen Boret

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 52.95

    Tree burial, a new form of disposal for the cremated remains of the dead, was created in 1999 by Chisaka Genpo, the head priest of a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Japan. Instead of a conventional family gravestone, perpetuating the continuity of a household and its identity, tree burial uses vast woodlands as cemeteries, with each burial spot marked... more...

  • Lunchby Megan Elias

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 43.50

    This six-continent survey of the history, customs, and representations of the midday meal explains who eats what for lunch; where and when they eat it; and what it means in the larger cultural context. The first international history of lunch, this book provides anecdotes and analysis that present lunch as a meaningful daily event.... more...

  • Dead Weirdby Jim Hewitson

    Black & White Publishing 2006; US$ 5.99

    In Dead Weird, Jim Hewitson is let loose on the ultimate taboo and finds that death can be fun for all the family, a good day out or the perfect excuse for a booze up or a fight. Executions, grizzly murders, raising the dead, battlefield carnage, clean-in-between-the-sheets death, traditions, proverbs, omens, anthems and premature burials - they're... more...

  • Women's Costume of the Near and Middle Eastby Jennifer M. Scarce

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 60.95

    The historical and cultural richness of the Near and Middle East is reflected visually in its costume. In this book, Jennifer Scarce makes brilliant use of years or research to provide a lucid acount of the development of women's dress from the fourteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Her study of costume is set in th ebroader context of the social... more...

  • Word of Mouthby Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Today, more than ever, talking about food improves the eating of it. Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson argues that conversation can even trump consumption. Where many works look at the production, preparation, and consumption of food, Word of Mouth captures the language that explains culinary practices. Explanation is more than an elaboration here: how... more...

  • Tombs of the Great Leadersby Gwendolyn Leick

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 40.00

     A visit to Ankara, Turkey, would include a trip to Anitkabir, the burial site of Turkey’s founder and first president, Ataturk. The massive stone building houses numerous sculptures and a large ceremonial plaza and is surrounded by an elaborate park. Ataturk is far from the only former leader to be remembered by such decorative means. Since the... more...

  • Virtual Afterlivesby Candi K. Cann

    The University Press of Kentucky 2014; US$ 45.00

    For millennia, the rituals of death and remembrance have been fixed by time and location, but in the twenty-first century, grieving has become a virtual phenomenon. Today, the dead live on through social media profiles, memorial websites, and saved voicemails that can be accessed at any time. This dramatic cultural shift has made the physical presence... more...

  • Tea Cult Of Japanby Fukukita

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Feminist Perspectives on the Bodyby Barbara Brook

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 79.95

    Feminist Perspectives on the Body provides an accessible introduction to this extremely popular new area and is aimed at students from a variety of disciplines who are interested in gaining an understanding of the key issues involved. The author explores many important topics including: the Western world's construction of the body as a theoretical,... more...