De Dødes Liv / The Life of the Dead

Høiris, Ole, Otto, Ton, and Bonde Rolsted, Ane (2014) De Dødes Liv / The Life of the Dead. Aarhus Universitetsforlag, Denmark.

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Abstract

[Danish] Bornholmeruret i stuens hjørne vækker minder om bedstemor, boulevarden gennem byen husker os på, hvem der er landets største digter, og på bestemte datoer går vi hen og kigger lidt usikkert på en mosbegroet sten med et navn, to datoer og måske et par kærlige ord. Så selvom de ikke er her mere, omgiver vi os alligevel på den ene eller anden måde med vores afdøde slægtninge, nære venner, glorificerede helte og fjerne forfædre. Endda også i det snusfornuftige Danmark, hvor vi siden reformationen i 1500-tallet ellers har gjort vort bedste for at afbryde kontakten med dem på den anden side. De dødes liv krydser dog langt uden for landets grænser i undersøgelsen af åndernes verden. En række forskere fra forskellige fagområder, men primært antropologi breder perspektivet ud og ser nærmere på, hvordan mennesker i blandt andet Sibirien, Mexico, Uganda, Australien og Papua Ny Guinea fortsat lever i nær kontakt med de afdøde. ─ Så husk som en lille trøst: Vi skal alle dø, men de døde lever videre.

[English] The Bornholm clock in the corner of the lounge room evokes memories about grandmother, the Boulevard through the city center reminds us, who the country’s greatest writer is, and on certain dates we go and look a bit uncertain at a moss covered stone with a name, two dates and perhaps a few loving words inscribed on it. Thus, although they are no longer here, we surround us somehow with our dead relatives, close friends, glorified heroes and distant ancestors. Also in modern-smart Denmark, where since the Reformation of the 16th century we have done our best to disengage with those on the other side. The book ‘The life of the dead’ travels far outside of Denmark’s boundaries to investigate the world of the spirits. A number of researcher from different disciplines, but primarily anthropology, widen the perspective and describe how people in Siberia, Mexico, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and other places continue to live in close contact with the deceased. Thus remember as a little comfort: We all have to die, but the dead live on.

Item ID: 38486
Item Type: Book (Edited)
ISBN: 978-87-7124-358-1
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Main text is in Danish.

Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2017 23:36
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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