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This World, Other Worlds: Sickness, Suicide, Death, & the Afterlife among the Vaqueiros De Alzada of Spain

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The Vaqueiros de Alzada, a cattle-herding people in the Asturian mountains of Spain, have one of the highest suicide rates in Europe—and an attitude toward death that gives this statistic unusual meaning. This World, Other Worlds considers death among the Vaqueiros as a central cultural fact which reveals local ideas about the origin and destiny of humans, the relations of humans and animals, the configuration of the universe, and the nature of society. Interested chiefly in the conceptual and meaningful aspects of death, María Cátedra focuses on the cultural resources with which the Vaqueiros confront their own mortality—how they experience death and what this reveals about the way they see this world and other worlds.

Applying sensitive ethnographic insight to a rich body of oral testimony, Cátedra discloses an unsuspected symbolic universe native to the Vaqueiros. Death is seen here in close, coherent relation to pain, age, and suffering; sickness and suicide, one must understand the cultural valuation of different ways of dying and the conditions under which suicides take place. To understand what it means to be a Vaqueiro is to understand how suicide can be perceived by a people as acceptable.

A groundbreaking work in European ethnography, This World, Other Worlds takes symbolic analysis to a new level. In its illumination of local conceptions of death, grace, and sainthood, the book also makes a substantial contribution to the anthropology of religion.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-379) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One - The Path to Death

1. Sickness and the Vaqueiro Cosmology

Part Two - Death

Introduction: Kinds of Death

2. Natural Death

3. Violent Death: Suicide

Conclusion: Kinds of Death and the House

4. The Burial

Part Three - The Afterlife

Introduction: The Second Funeral

5. The Spirits

6. The Saints

Conclusion: The Long Way of the Dead

Epilogue: Between Beasts and Saints

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226097169
Translator:
Christian, Jr., William A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
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Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Death
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Cowboys
Subject:
Traditional medicine
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Asturias (Spain) Social life and customs.
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Traditional medicine -- Spain -- Asturias.
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Asturias
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Death -- Religious aspects.
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Funeral rites and ceremonies - Spain -
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
147
Publication Date:
19921131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones, 3 line drawings, 3 maps, 4
Pages:
397
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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