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Funeral Festivals in AmericaRituals for the Living$
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Jacqueline S. Thursby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123806

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.001.0001

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Mourners’ Rites

Mourners’ Rites

(p.116) Chapter Five Mourners’ Rites
Funeral Festivals in America

Jacqueline S. Thursby

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the tradition concerning mourners' rites and remembering the dead after the funeral in the U.S. It suggests that ongoing responses to the dead indicate that most human beings consciously strive to keep the memories of the departed alive “within oneself”. Examples of these are the Mexican Americans' remembering and honoring of their deceased on the Day of the Dead and All Saints' Day and the Japanese Americans' yearly celebration of Obon. This chapter contends that Americans are taking death and commemoration more seriously as the U.S. become an aging society.

Keywords:   mourners' rites, death commemoration, U.S., Day of the Dead, All Saints' Day, Obon

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