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SOAN0357

Death and the Body

Death and the Body
This course will provide an overview of how archaeologists and anthropologists encounter and interpret death in societies worldwide. We will look at death and the body from the perspective of burials and tombs, discussing ancient and modern conceptions of souls, afterlives, and identities. Drawing upon my own research in the tropical lowlands of Guatemala and Honduras, we will compare Maya attitudes towards death with those of other world societies, from the mummies of ancient Egypt to modern jazz funerals in New Orleans. We will explore different ideas about death, social boundaries, and even what it is to be human. 3 hrs. lect. (Anthropology)
Subject:
Sociology/Anthropology
Department:
Sociology/Anthropology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL CMP SOC

Sections

Fall 2014

SOAN0357A-F14 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)

Spring 2013

SOAN0357A-S13 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)

Spring 2010

SOAN0357A-S10 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)

Fall 2005

SOAN0357A-F05 Lecture (Fitzsimmons)