Death Is a Festival (Paperback)
Funeral Rites and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Brazil (Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traducao)
University of North Carolina Press, 9780807854457, 400pp.
Publication Date: June 30, 2003
This episode is used by Reis to examine the customs of death and burial in Bahian society, explore the economic and religious conflicts behind the move for funerary reforms and the maintenance of traditional rituals of dying, and understand how people dealt with new concerns sparked by modernization and science. Viewing culture within its social context, he illuminates the commonalities and differences that shaped death and its rituals for rich and poor, men and women, slaves and masters, adults and children, foreigners and Brazilians.
This translation makes the book, originally published in Brazil in 1993, available in English for the first time.