Death Lore (Hardcover)

Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society #65)

By Kenneth L. Untiedt (Editor)

University of North Texas Press, 9781574412567, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2008

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Death provides us with some of our very best folklore. Some fear it, some embrace it, and most have pretty firm ideas about what happens when we die. Although some people may not want to talk about dying, it’s the only thing that happens to all of us—and there’s no way to get around it.

This publication of the Texas Folklore Society examines the lore of death and whatever happens afterward. The first chapter examines places where people are buried, either permanently or temporarily. Chapter Two features articles about how people die and the rituals associated with funerals and burials. The third chapter explores some of the stranger stories about what happens after we’re gone, and the last chapter offers some philosophical musings about death in general, as well as our connection to those who have gone before.

About the Author

KENNETH L. UNTIEDT is the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University, and is now an associate professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Praise For Death Lore: Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society #65)

"The variety of articles ensures that readers will find both anecdotal and analytical aspects of death tradition to further explore. Untiedt's organizing principle of death as a uniquely fascinating meeting point between the taboo and the familiar seems crucially important to the continued study of death lore."--Journal of American Folklore

"The selections offer jumping off points for further contemplation and discussion, which makes this text useful for engaging students in thinking about death and folklore, and the variety of topics ensures that no one topic feels overwrought. . . . Overall, the contributions are engagingly written, many with warmth and humor that make them highly accessible to a variety of readers."--Western Folklore