Fault lines in the graveyard: The contested nature of green burial

The natural burial movement is popularly portrayed as the reemergence of simpler death practices and spiritualities. Without denying its ecological simplicity and ritual honesty, this article identifies some complex and emotionally charged tensions that arise in the current practice of natural buria...

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Published in:Dialog
Main Author: Stewart, Benjamin M. ca. 21. Jh.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [2018]
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In: Dialog
Year: 2018, Volume: 57, Issue: 4, Pages: 295-302
Further subjects:B Ritual
B Death
B Ecology
B natural burial
B Environment (Art)
B Funeral
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The natural burial movement is popularly portrayed as the reemergence of simpler death practices and spiritualities. Without denying its ecological simplicity and ritual honesty, this article identifies some complex and emotionally charged tensions that arise in the current practice of natural burial, largely resulting from dissonance with dominant cultural norms. The areas of dissonance explored in this article relate to memorialization in the wild, the naturalness of death itself, and assertions of ecological anthropology.
ISSN:1540-6385
Contains:Enthalten in: Dialog
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/dial.12438