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A wide-ranging treatment on the meaning of death, and its juxtaposition with life, from biological, cultural, and spiritual perspectives. Dozens of case studies accompany the principal essays written by scholars, Indigenous community members, and curators of the exhibition Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery. This volume offers a richly illustrated companion to the exhibition, produced by Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, and contains full page photographs of the stunning objects in the exhibit, most from the Field Museum’s collections. This volume is intended to engage visitors to the exhibition and members of the general public who want to delve more fully into questions surrounding death and the multiple religious, historical, and cultural perspectives on it. Although not a comprehensive guide, the book touches on many world religions and case studies drawn from five continents.
Patrick Ryan Williams is Curator of Archaeological Science and Gary M. Feinman is the MacArthur Curator of Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
Luis Muro Ynoñán is an Anthropology Postdoctoral Scientist at the Field Museum and a Lecturer in Archaeology in the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
List of contributors: Álvaro Amat, Foreman Bandama, Deborah Bekken, J. P. Brown, Kyrah Malika Daniels, Stacy Drake, Chelsea Foxwell, Mitch Hendrickson, Chapurukha Kusimba, Brad Lepper, Robert D. Martin, Benjamin Miller, Kimberly Mutcherson, Donna J. Nash, William Parkinson, William Pestle, William Schweiker, Nicole M. Slovak, Emily Teeter, Alaka Wali, Meredith Whitfield, Laurie Zoloth
‘A wealth of anthropological perspectives and done in very accessible language. The book greatly amplifies the message of the exhibition’ Dr William Fitzhugh, Director, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center