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Memento Mori

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UPC: 9780500252611
Release Date: Expected release date is Oct 26th 2021
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Authors: Paul Koudounaris
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thames & Hudson (October 26, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0500252610
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0500252611
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.74 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.8 x 11.7 inches

The astonishing story of how the dead live on via memorials across the globe, from Ethiopia and Nepal to Cambodia and Rwanda, told through arresting images and captivating narration.

A macabre, spectacular, and thought-provoking survey of death in life, this book collects the many ways human remains are used in decorative, commemorative, and devotional contexts around the world today.

This compact edition of Memento Mori takes the reader on a ghoulish but beautiful tour of some of the world’s more unusual sacred sites and traditions, in which human remains are displayed for the benefit of the living. From burial caves in Indonesia festooned with bones to skulls smoking cigarettes, wearing beanie hats and sunglasses, and decorated with garlands of flowers in South America, author Paul Koudounaris ventures beyond the grave to find messages of hope and salvation. His glorious color photographs and insightful commentaries reveal that in many places, the realms of the living and the dead are nowhere near so distinct as contemporary Western society would have us believe.

Review

"Memento Mori is led by the visuals: spellbinding images of decorated skulls, elaborate burials, and other death-related customs from around the world."
― Vice.com

"Skull after painted or bejeweled skull relays a story that’s as much about life as it is about death. . . . There’s something intangible here―how ‘memento mori,’ literally meaning ‘remember that you will die,’ isn’t always a looming threat, and tangible human remains can evoke love and respect for life"
― Hyperallergic

About the Author

Paul Koudounaris received his doctorate from the art history department at UCLA. His previous books include The Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies. He lives in Los Angeles.