Death and Ritual Crying. An anthropological approach to Albanian funeral customs
341 pages, CD-ROM, year of publication: 2012
price: 51.50 €
This book offers an inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural approach to Albanian traditional system of death and mourning. It explores the emotional relationship between the mental image of death and tearful signal of crying and highlights the transcendental potentialities of ritual funeral crying as a technique, tool and medium in a boundary-situation. The extensive variety of socio-cultural responses to death as a crisis of continuity and a final catastrophe and the symbolic representations of after-death and nothingness in folk belief and metaphysics, are re-examined in the light of phenomenology in order to demonstrate that in face of death human reality discloses only its `self-identity in otherness'.