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Staff Pick

Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us

STAFF RECOMMENDS

“A macabre, but beautifully illustrated, survey of commemorative dioramas from around the world that feature installations of human remains. A compelling reflection on death through the rituals of individual cultures, the book also documents our collective gaze into the abyss. A perfect gift for the Wednesday Addams in your life!”

-Tim \ Book & Media Manager
 
The astonishing story of how the dead live on via memorials across the globe, from Ethiopia and Nepal to Cambodia and Rwanda, told through arresting images and captivating narration.

This compact edition of Memento Mori takes the reader on a ghoulish but beautiful tour of some of the world’s more unusual sacred sites and traditions, in which human remains are displayed for the benefit of the living. From burial caves in Indonesia festooned with bones to skulls smoking cigarettes, wearing beanie hats and sunglasses, and decorated with garlands of flowers in South America, author Paul Koudounaris ventures beyond the grave to find messages of hope and salvation. His glorious color photographs and insightful commentaries reveal that in many places, the realms of the living and the dead are nowhere near so distinct as contemporary Western society would have us believe. Paperback, 216 pages.

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