Necropolis is a study of death and the corpse. Death rituals from various world cultures are examined with their historical significance. The disposal of the deceased in cemeteries, mummification, cremation as well as religious, occult, and macabre aspects relating to both the dead and the undead are examined. The cemetery is analyzed as a form of archive in which burial became the major course of action to prevent environmental pollution caused by the deceased. The text’s discussions of the taphophile, or tombstone tourist, personality includes not only the mortician, but also grave robbers, ghosts, ghouls, vampires and witches. 513 pages with illustrations.
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