Family Traditions In Hawai'i

Author: Joan Namkoong

Publisher: Bess Press

ISBN: 9781573062275

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 109

View: 8697

Information on cultural traditions including birthdays, holiday celebrations, coming of age ceremonies, marriages, and funerals. Description and explanations include anecdotes than emphasize the bonds these traditions create. -- From the back cover.

How To Plan A Funeral

Author: Hal Stevens

Publisher: CemeterySpot Inc

ISBN: 0982183801

Category: Reference

Page: 145

View: 3558

Hinduism, a Way of Life

Author: Sitansu S. Chakravarti

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120808997

Category: Religion

Page: 104

View: 7161

This is a book on Hinduism designed to explain many South Asian practices, some not confined to Hindus only, that have very often been misunderstood in North America. The book contains essential information on standard Hindu sacraments and rituals, on dress codes, customs and festivals, on worship practices and sacred images. It provides a sampler of prayers, points for reflection and liturgical formulae. It notes peculiarities of emigre Hindu experience in the United States and Canada and incorporates insights from the author`s experience as a Hindu chaplain. The book has been written in response to requests for information from hospitals, ethnic squads in police forces, schools and boards of education, chaplains, social workers, and Hindus themselves. It will be helpful to students as well.

The Mourning Handbook

Author: Helen Fitzgerald

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684801612

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 326

View: 1637

Offers advice for coping with the loss of a loved one

Handbook of Death and Dying

Author: Clifton D. Bryant

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761925147

Category: Death

Page: N.A

View: 7147

Review: "More than 100 scholars contributed to this carefully researched, well-organized, informative, and multi-disciplinary source on death studies. Volume 1, "The Presence of Death," examines the cultural, historical, and societal frameworks of death, such as the universal fear of death, spirituality and varioius religions, the legal definition of death, suicide, and capital punishment. Volume 2, "The Response to Death," covers such topics as rites and ceremonies, grief and bereavement, and legal matters after death."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

Secrecy and Deceit

Author: David Martin Gitlitz

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826328137

Category: Religion

Page: 677

View: 8363

Secrecy and Deceit documents the religious customs of the Iberian Jews who converted to Catholicism, largely under duress, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Although many of the converts quickly melded into the Catholic mainstream, thousands of others and their descendents strove to preserve their Jewish culture despite the efforts of the Inquisition to suppress them. The book details crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. The author uses Inquisition records, chronicles, rabbinical rulings, letters, eyewitness accounts, religious books, and other historical documents to give the most thorough and accurate picture of crypto-Jews ever cataloged. This book raises questions about living outside a Jewish community and what happens to religions of approximation.

Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)

Author: Judith Martin

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393058741

Category: Reference

Page: 858

View: 8522

An updated edition of the best-selling classic by the popular author of the "Miss Manners" columns and etiquette guides is a new volume of letters, essays, illustrations, and humorous advice on how to navigate the world of civilized behavior. 40,000 first printing.

Too Many Funerals

Author: M. Scott Robertson

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412085845


Page: 288

View: 4058

'Too many funerals, ' people say in the little town of Ipswich, Saskatchewan... then Constable Gordon MacArthur, RCMP has a strange 'hunch' and involves old Archdeacon 'Cec' Plowright in finding the shocking explanation.

The Price of Death

Author: Hikaru Suzuki

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804779838

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 654

Funerary practices have long been a classic topic of anthropological inquiry, which has tended to focus on death rituals as expressions and reinforcers of community ties and values. In this book, the author looks at funerals as an urban business, based on her fieldwork at a large Japanese funeral company. Her central theme is the progressive commercialization of what once were primarily religious rituals. The book depicts the process of contemporary Japanese funerals, the practices of those who provide commercial funeral services, and the motivations and behavior of the mourners who purchase those services. In so doing, it examines the role of funeral companies in shaping Japanese cultural practices and changing an important aspect of Japanese society. The author addresses several related questions: What cultural changes accompanied the shift from traditional community funeral rituals to commercial funeral services? How did the mass consumption of commercial funerals produce cultural homogeneity while allowing for differences in individual services? How does the marketing of professional funeral services mediate changing cultural values? How have commercial services served to objectify changing concepts of dying, death, and the deceased in contemporary Japan? The author demonstrates that the funeral industry, the purchasers of funeral services, and Japanese values surrounding death are mutually dependent and are responsible for supporting, representing, and transforming cultural practices. Throughout, the author relates vivid and often moving details and anecdotes to lend a personal element to her study of the commodification of death in Japan.