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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

作者 : Caitlin Doughty

出版社 : W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

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禮儀師凱特琳‧道堤以幽默風趣的口吻,帶領讀者進入禮儀師神祕的世界,這次她走出日常生活,前往世界的各個角落,探尋其他國家的人們如何看待死亡及各種不同的特殊儀式。

在印尼的鄉村,她看見一個男人為已被製成木乃伊的祖父淨身及更衣,甚至與這尊木乃伊共同居住長達2年之久。在巴拉斯,她看見人們將人頭骨鑲上鑽石、戴上墨鏡、抽著雪茄,因為他們深信人頭骨能為活著的人帶來好運。而在東京,她目睹了一場莊嚴的拾骨儀式。

總是帶著好奇心與一貫的黑色幽默,道堤生動的描述死亡與屍體,還有世界各地不同的葬禮文化。甚至介紹目前最當紅的生態葬,及如何將屍體轉換為環保的堆肥研究。審視世界各地不同的死亡節慶與傳統文化,例如墨西哥的亡靈節和祆教特有的天葬。

書中邀約藝術家Landis Blair為本書打造專屬插畫,帶領讀者一同放下對死亡的恐懼與悲痛,探索世界各種驚奇的文化儀式與歷史,發現何謂真正有尊嚴的死亡。

A New York Times Bestseller


The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.”

New York Times Bestseller

L.A. Times Bestseller

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America.

In rural Indonesia, she watches a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body, which has resided in the family home for two years. In La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and in Tokyo she encounters the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones’ bones from cremation ashes.

With boundless curiosity and gallows humor, Doughty vividly describes decomposed bodies and investigates the world’s funerary history. She introduces deathcare innovators researching body composting and green burial, and examines how varied traditions, from Mexico’s Días de los Muertos to Zoroastrian sky burial help us see our own death customs in a new light.

Doughty contends that the American funeral industry sells a particular―and, upon close inspection, peculiar―set of “respectful” rites: bodies are whisked to a mortuary, pumped full of chemicals, and entombed in concrete. She argues that our expensive, impersonal system fosters a corrosive fear of death that hinders our ability to cope and mourn. By comparing customs, she demonstrates that mourners everywhere respond best when they help care for the deceased, and have space to participate in the process.

Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a story about the many fascinating ways people everywhere have confronted the very human challenge of mortality.
45 illustrations
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作者介紹
Caitlin Doughty
Mortician Caitlin Doughty―host and creator of Ask a Mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes―founded The Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA.

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