Death and the Idea of Mexico has 34 ratings and 7 reviews. Sean said: Well over all it was a good book. But I have to get one thing off my chest before I. La idea de la muerte en México (Antropologia) (Spanish Edition) Claudio Lomnitz. Esta obra es la primera historia social, cultural y política de la muerte en una. Idea de La Muerte En Mexico (Mexican Art and Culture) by Claudio Lomnitz at – ISBN X – ISBN – Fondo de .

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Rather than being a jealous saint, most people tend to view her as the ultimate form of intercession on your behalf to God. Now, to give Lomnitz some credit, this book was written when Santa Muerte was hardly known, but I do have to say that almost everything he wrote about Santa Muerte is flat out wrong. Trivia About Death and the Ide Examining the history of death and of the death sign from sixteenth-century holocaust to contemporary Mexican-American meurte politics, anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz’s innovative study marks a turning point in understanding Mexico’s rich and unique use of death imagery.

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Sammy Iam rated claudko really liked it May 08, Cookies come in two flavours – persistent and transient. Unlike contemporary Europeans and Americans, whose denial of death permeates their cultures, the Mexican people display and cultivate a jovial familiarity with death.


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Lomnitz examines ideas about Purgatory, evolving burial practices, the fight between Aztec and Spanish funerary traditions, the rise of Day of the Dead, the merging of All Mexido Day and All Saints’ Day into something that became Day of the Dead, the historical details of this holiday This tome plows a route straight through Mexico’s history, using the pretext of talking about their ideas about death.

Death and the Idea of Mexico

Paperbackpages. The book concludes with a short analysis on the appeal of the curious cult of Santa Muerte.

Meghan Ellis rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. Caragh rated it really liked it Apr 28, Over all though, I thought the history of Day of the Dead and the Mexican views on death were fascinating.

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Please click the link in that email to activate your subscription. Ngoc Nguyen rated it really liked it Nov 26, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Almost nowhere else could you find such details, and they elucidate not just Mexicans’ ideas towards death, but towards life, religion, and sacredness, as well.

I beg to differ with another reviewer, who said that this book is never inscrutable.

Mat Chiappe rated it liked it Oct 12, Jason Williams rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Natalie rated it really liked it Feb 23, The idea that Santa Muerte comes out of Ray Pascal is just bizarre.


Books by Claudio Lomnitz. La Maya rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Based on a stunning range of sources df from missionary testimonies to newspaper cartoons, from masterpieces of artistic vanguards c,audio accounts of public executions and political assassinations — Death and the Idea of Mexico moves beyond the limited methodology of traditional historiographies of death to probe the depths of a people and a country whose fearless acquaintance with death shapes the very terms of its social compact.

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I think this book could have easily have been several times longer, and still not run out of fascinating stuff to say. I feel as though this is shoddy workmanship no matter when he wrote this. Death and the Idea of Mexico by Claudio Lomnitz. For example, at loot. Gary rated it it was amazing Jun 27, If you’ve ever seen a Santa Muerte shrine, you’ll most likely notice a number of other deities around Santa Muerte. Not only does it ignore gender and placement in theological realms but it really just zooms past the giant Virgin de Guadelupe devotion that has contributed so much imagery to Santa Muerte In fact, the entire book Lomnitz did not address devotionals or the Virgin.

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