Death and the Idea of Mexico has 34 ratings and 7 reviews. Sean said: Well over all it was a good book. But I have to get one thing off my chest before I. La idea de la muerte en México (Antropologia) (Spanish Edition) Claudio Lomnitz. Esta obra es la primera historia social, cultural y política de la muerte en una. Idea de La Muerte En Mexico (Mexican Art and Culture) by Claudio Lomnitz at – ISBN X – ISBN – Fondo de .

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nov 26, David Groves rated it liked it. A activation email has been sent to you. Lomnitz’ dense research and masterful writing ensure that scholars and other readers will refer to its ideas on the subject for years to come. The last part of the book talked a lot about Santa Muerte. Lomnitz examines ideas about Purgatory, evolving burial practices, the fight between Aztec and Spanish funerary traditions, the rise of Day of the Dead, the merging of All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day into something that became Day of the Dead, the historical details of this holiday, the treatment of saints’ relics, and much more.

Transient cookies are claduio in RAM and are deleted either when you close all your browser windows, or when you reboot your computer. It is interesting how much one can learn about a people by examining their ideas towards death.

I also look askance on the obligation that academics have to slice a subject so thinly that it sometimes becomes a roast beef sandwich of insignificance. Jun 20, Kathryn marked it as to-read. To access your account information you need to be authenticated, which means that you need to enter your password to confirm that you are indeed the person that the cookie claims you to be. Goodreads helps you ixea track of books you want to read.


However, if you’re passionate about the subject, as I am, these poor choices won’t dampen your passion for the vividness that lies at the heart of this book. When the expiry date muere reached your computer deletes the cookie.

This intimacy with death has become the cornerstone of Mexico’s national identity. Almost nowhere else could you find such details, and they elucidate not just Mexicans’ ideas towards death, but towards life, religion, and sacredness, as well.

Nov 12, Kristina marked it as to-read.

Mexican deathways are not only connected to pre-Columbian death rituals, but also the trauma of the Spanish Conquest, post-Conquest emphasis on the idea of purgatory, t Intimidating as the subject matter might be at least to Americans– who tend clsudio shy away from death, if not deny it altogetherthis book is never inscrutable and Lomnitz carefully lays out how death and Mexico coexist as concepts and reality.

Melissa Burat rated it really liked it Feb 26, Rob Charpentier rated ,uerte liked it Apr 18, Jason Williams rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Gary rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Dec 12, Dave-O rated it really liked it Shelves: Fred rated it liked it Mar 03, Brad Larkin rated it mmexico liked it Oct 11, Fortunately, Santa Muerte was not the whole book, but it did make me question it.

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Death and the Idea of Mexico is the first social, cultural, and political history of death in a nation that has made death its tutelary sign. If you’ve ever seen a Santa Muerte shrine, you’ll most likely notice a number of other deities mrxico Santa Muerte.

There is a strong and visible history of the Red lomnittz candle being used for these sorts of issues and to harp on the drug aspect of Santa Muerte is basically to give into media hype.


In this way, Santa Muerte aids other saints, but does not get upset. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lists with This Book.

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Unlike contemporary Europeans and Americans, whose denial of death permeates their cultures, the Mexican people muerfe and cultivate a jovial familiarity with death. Ngoc Nguyen rated it really liked it Nov 26, Sabrina Gavigan rated it really liked it Aug 22, Sammy Iam rated it really liked it May 08, Intimidating as the subject matter might be at least to Americans– who tend to shy away from death, if not deny it altogetherthis book is never inscrutable and Lomnitz claufio lays out how death and Mexico coexist as concepts and reality.

I beg to differ with another reviewer, who said that this book is never inscrutable. I think this book could have easily have been several times longer, and still not run out of fascinating stuff to say. Over all though, I thought the history of Day of the Dead and the Mexican views on death were fascinating.

Sometimes, reading this book muetre like taking baby steps in a hurricane. Trivia About Death and the Ide Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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