Many rituals Doughty observes are about maintaining a personal connection to the dead. Indonesia: South Sulawesi First, she and her went to see the where she is supposedly Instagramed by strangers I did a quick sweep of Instagram and found nothing, but Instagram could have been used as a name for any general social media site or I just didn't dig deeply enough and I was completely fascinated by this. And even though we can't do the marigolds up here, due to them all being long dead by the time Nov. In its inaugural year, no less! It was always the funeral home three day viewings followed by a church service and grave site service. In Mexico, during the famous Dia de los Muertos, families bring offerings to the graves of their loved ones to share a night with their returned spirits. It will be just like a wedding venue only, you know, with death and fire! I enjoyed all the stories and all the adventures Caitlin got to experience. In La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls , and in Tokyo she encounters the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones' bones from cremation ashes.
Caitlin approaches the topic with respect and just the right amount of humor. Along the way, Doughty shares numerous fun facts and thought-provoking commentary on our relationship to death. There's a pretty solid Hispanic and Latino population around here so I'd heard of Day of the Dead but it wasn't taught in school when I was a kid and I didn't know anything about it. I had some favorites but for some reason I'm blanking on them right now so I will have to go back to the audio or book to jog my memory so review to be continued and while I'm at it I think I'll start planning all my funeral arrangements so I can make this nightmare of western views and traditions happen as little as possible to me when my time is up. Plus, the illustrations were haunting and gorgeous.
The cool illustrations added a lot, and were, I would imagine, more pleasant than actual photos would have been. I never know how other people will react to this subject but I found her former book, Smoke gets in your Eyes, which talked about the cremation process utterly engrossing. In Joshua Tree, California, a pilot program lets you be buried, sans embalming fluids, in a simple cloth four feet below the ground. I was familiar with this celebration before reading this book but I never realized how amazing it seems. She argues that our expensive, impersonal system fosters a corrosive fear of death that hinders our ability to cope and mourn. Doughty mixes wit and sarcasm with fascinating details, making this one delightful book to read! I know this is pretty morbid to really ponder but I have always had a morbid side and Caitlin also pointed out how horrible the western systems is too. Let me tell you about my experience with Day of the Dead.
It may behoove us to be more connected to our dead to allow us to grieve in a more healthy way. Like, how are the Londo Caves related to the people who get to come out and be cleaned up on visitation day? Although this book was less autobiography and more historical and informational, I did definitely enjoy it. I didn't know there was anything different. I would have liked this chapter fleshed out ha! This is an absolute must-read. The Mexican government, afraid that people around the world would see the film and expect that the parade exists when it did not, And I thought Coca-Cola had a large global impact.
Embalmers camouflage the reality of the grave with chemicals and adornments. We visit Tana Toraja in Indonesia where they have a ritual known as ma'nene' where the dead are periodically pulled from their graves, cleaned and dressed, talked to, and given food and cigarettes. California: Joshua Tree Caitlin talks a little about her job at her funeral home, which segues into a discussion on natural burials, specifically those in Joshua Tree Memorial Park. Embalmers camouflage the reality of the grave with chemicals and adornments. I also work with hospice and found many of her comments so applicable to dealing with the death and dying. This clear writing prowess in combination with her experience as a Los Angeles mortician allow Doughty to make effective contrasts between American death culture and what she believes are healthier attitudes towards death.
It was always the funeral home three day viewings followed by a church service and grave site service. De eso va este libro. In rural Indonesia, she watches a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body, which has resided in the family home for two years. Doughty's book is a frank and good humored look at death rituals around the world. I just could not have been more wrong. Sure, it can be lots of fun! I found each section absolutely captivating, and although the Tana Toraja bit did give me a nightmare last night seriously , I'm going to blame that on the arms-length or maybe football Caitlin Doughty has done it again: dragged us death-phobic Westerners into the light of what grieving and death could and maybe should look like. Contents: Colorado: Crestone -- Indonesia: South Sulawesi -- Mexico: Michoacán -- North Carolina: Cullowhee -- Spain: Barcelona -- Japan: Tokyo -- Bolivia: La Paz -- California: Joshua Tree.
I was introduced to new cultures and new customs regarding death, a topic in which I've always been interested. I knew of Caitlin Doughty but never read her earlier book, , which talks about her experience running a crematory and funeral home. De eso va este libro. This is a great overview of death rituals around the world, but not an in depth resource for death geeks. This is probably the most personal chapter in the book. This book is no exception.
In Indonesia, families co-habitate with the bodies of their loved ones for many years: talking to them, applying preservatives, and bringing them out each year to walk the streets. Series Title: Responsibility: Caitlin Doughty ; illustrations by Landis Blair. I'm going to Grand Junction. The book includes illustrations that show many of the rituals and images of Mexico's Dias de los Muertos. Anyway back to the book. Ahora piensa, si el ser que más amas en este mundo muriera ahora, ¿Cómo te sentirías cómod despiéndol? That would be absolutely perfect for me! I, of course, did plenty of Google surfing to find the photos.
We venture to Japan where the practice of kotsuage involves the mourners using chopsticks to gently place the bones of a partially-cremated body into urns. She introduces deathcare innovators researching body composting and green burial, and examines how varied traditions, from Mexico's Días de los Muertos to Zoroastrian sky burial help us see our own death customs in a new light. In this book, she visits several different places that deal with death differently, either from cultural differences or people thinking outside the mold. It's here she's trying to figure out the magical soil mixture to quickly and efficiently compost human bodies! This book will be out October 3, and I highly recommend grabbing a copy. Published New York : W. This could have very easily devolved into some gross, appropriative, fetishization of how beautiful and spiritual non-Western cultural traditions are. When I got home, I called back down to ask just what in the world was going on and the boyfriend told me he'd find out.