Anthropology of Death


Anthropology of Death

The aim of this group is to open a window towards the discussion of death and its social and cultural implications.

Members: 131
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2016

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The various facits of death.

Hello everyone. I've just joined this group after being away from the OAC for a couple of years due to what I am about to talk about. Just recently, 12 weeks ago, my father passed away 4 days after…Continue

Started by Michael Findlay Dec 2, 2012.

Santa Muerte 3 Replies

Hi all! I'm actually conducting fieldwork research about Santa Muerte followers in Mexico City. I am having a bit of trouble finding contacts. Does anyone living in Mexico City perhaps, have any…Continue

Started by Wendy Risteska. Last reply by Laura Lee Roush Oct 14, 2012.

Roma funerary rituals 6 Replies

Hello all,I am starting a comparative investigation about funerary rituals and more particularly with roma people (My ph-D was about social organisation in a spanish gypsy community : in particular…Continue

Started by Nathalie Manrique. Last reply by Nathalie Manrique Aug 5, 2012.

Deadly Reading List 18 Replies

First, forgive me for the bad pun. Second, I thought we could start a list of sorts where we can all share different readings - books, journal articles, newspaper articles, images, etc. - that relate…Continue

Started by Agustin Diz. Last reply by Bavas Andrea Mar 29, 2012.

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Comment by Larry Stout on December 10, 2012 at 6:52pm

Hi, all!  I've joined this group because of my particular (avocational) interest in such Neolithic sites as Catalhoyuk (Turkey).

Comment by Barbara Martinez on July 5, 2012 at 9:39pm
Comment by Barbara Martinez on July 5, 2012 at 9:26pm

Hola, les envío un libro que escribimos sobre etnografías de la muerte en Argentina


Comment by Ander Gondra on July 15, 2011 at 10:54am
PHOTO-ESSAY: Funerary Folk art in Ecuador (Photographer Birte Pedersen)

FOTO-ENSAYO: Arte Funerario Popular de Ecuador (Fotografa Birte Pedersen)

Con motivo de la convocatoria del especial “Relaciones entre imagen y muerte” de la Revista Sans Soleil, la fotógrafa Birte Pedersen nos presentará una nueva entrega cada mes sobre su trabajo en relación al arte funerario popular de Ecuador.

El foto-ensayo estará compuesto por doce entregas temáticas, con fotografías seleccionadas de una colección de actualmente tres mil fotos, recopiladas en cien cementerios de todo Ecuador, en el transcurso de los últimos quince años.

Os invitamos a seguir mensualmente esta interesante iniciativa. Igualmente, agradeceríamos toda labor de difusión de la misma, para que todas las personas interesadas puedan conocerla.

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Comment by Ander Gondra on May 15, 2011 at 11:36pm


Call For Papers. 

Reception open to collaborations (articles, audiovisual essays) for the forthcoming issue up to June 1, 2012


 Anachronism, presence, absence


The relationship between image and death have remote origins, connected to the beginning of the firsts human ritual practices. These images reveal a presence that challenges the linearity of time, creating complex folds and ruptures that return to our present an anachronistic reality. For example, the skulls of Tell Ramad (7000 BC) demonstrate an impulse, saving the apparent distance, very similar to post-mortem photograph of the late nineteenth century: introduce the absence of a deceased through an image. One could trace similar examples as the use of death masks in ancient Rome, the wax votive in the Renaissance, in the memento mori from Baroque period, the photographs accompanying the tombstones in the cemeteries nowadays…

This special number aims to analyze these issues and many others that can demonstrate a relationship as complex and interesting as the binomial image-death.


Download pdf with all the information


Comment by Agustin Diz on September 13, 2010 at 4:22pm
Charisma, this is very helpful many thanks...if you dont mind I'll add your suggestions to the group's reading list.
Comment by Charisma A. Thomson on September 10, 2010 at 10:10pm
Here are a few to get you going:

Harris, O. 1982. "The dead and the deivls among the Bolivian Laymi." In, Death and the Regenration of Life (eds) M. Bloch & J. Parry. Cambridge: Univ. Press.

Gose, P. "Sacrifice and the Commodity Form in the Andes," Man, New Series, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Jun., 1986), 296-310.

Gose, P. 1994. Deathly Waters and Hungry Mountains: Agrarian Ritual and Class Formation in an Andean Town. Univ. of Toronto Press

Allen, C. J. 2002. The Hold Life Has: Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community. Smithsonian Books.

Salomon, F. "Unethical Ethnohistory: On Peruvian Peasant Historiography and the Ideas of Autocthony," Ethnohistory 49:3 (Summer 2002).

Millaire, J.F. "The Manipulation of Human remains in Moche Society: delayed Burials, Grave Reopening, and Secondary Offerings of Human Bones on the Peruvian North Coast," Latin American Antiquity, Vol. 15 No. 4 (Dec., 2004), pp. 371-388

Paerregaard, K. 1987 "Death Rituals and Symbols in the Andes. Folk 29: 23-42

Nash, J. 1979. We eat the mines and the mines eat us. New York: Columbia Univ. Press

Hopefully these are helpful to you. If you would like me to dig up some more from the catacombs of my brain please let me know. Cheers.

Comment by Agustin Diz on September 10, 2010 at 10:31am
Thanks Charisma!! Both current or historical would be great. I mainly interested in the Southern Andes, particularly Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, but anything else would also be interesting!
Comment by Charisma A. Thomson on September 9, 2010 at 8:17pm
Also, was there an Andean region or society that you were more interested in?
Comment by Charisma A. Thomson on September 9, 2010 at 7:11pm
Hola Agustin,
I have a few good references for you. Would you prefer those which have a focus on current funerary/death rites, a historical approach, or both? Cheers.


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