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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Funeral rites and ceremonies Brazil History 19th century, Funeral rites and ceremonies Brazil Salvador History 19th century, Cemeteries Brazil Salvador History, Salvador (Brazil) Social life and customs 19th century, Insurgency Brazil Salvador, Brazil Social life and customs 19th century