Nature's Embrace

Un libro in lingua di Satsuki Kawano edito da Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2010

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Based on the author's fieldwork at the Tokyo offices of a company that offers grave-free funeral services, this text presents a fascinating account of the new practice of ash-scattering in Japan that arose due to changing family structure along with changing attitudes towards ancestors and their care. Kawano (sociology and anthropology, U. of Guelph, Ontario) describes historical burial and grave-tending practices before outlining changes in Japanese culture and demography, particularly with regard to new behaviors by and towards older people, and the developing notions of death and funerary customs. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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