The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses
ISBN: 0500251789
EAN13: 9780500251782
Language: English
Publication Date: Oct 24, 2011
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 12.2" L x 9.1" W
Weight: 3.35 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The sites in this specially photographed and brilliantly original study range from the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Palermo, where the living would visit mummified or skeletal remains and lovingly dress them; to the Paris catacombs; to fantastic bone-encrusted creations in Austria, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and elsewhere Paul Koudounaris photographed more than seventy sites for this book. He analyzes the role of these remarkable memorials within the cultures that created them, as well as the mythology and folklore that developed around them, and skillfully traces a remarkable human endeavor.

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