Death Rituals, Ideology, And the Development of Early Mesopotamian Kingship

Un libro in lingua di Cohen Andrew C. edito da Brill Academic Pub, 2005

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Based on his dissertation from 2001, this book by Cohen (anthropology, Brandeis U.) describes death rituals in Southern Mesopotamia from about 2900 to 2350 B.C.E. He argues that these rituals and their related ideology influenced the rise of kings at a time when temple administrators ruled. He discusses the impact of ritual on power relations, and the textual and archaeological evidence he gathered about rituals relating to mourners, corpses, and ghosts from descriptions of burials in the Royal Cemetery of Ur. One of the appendices contains extensive illustrations of vessel typology. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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