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Death provides us with some of our very best folklore. Some fear it, some embrace it, and most have pretty firm ideas about what happens when we die. Although some people may not want to talk about dying, it’s the only thing that happens to all of us–and there’s no way to get around it. This Publication of the Texas Folklore Society examines the lore of death and whatever happens afterward. The first chapter examines places where people are buried, either permanently or temporarily. Chapter Two features articles about how people die and the rituals associated with funerals and burials. The third chapter explores some of the stranger stories about what happens after we’re gone, and the last chapter offers some philosophical musings about death in general, as well as our connection to those who have gone before.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. I. Introduction: “The Lore of Death”
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. II. “Final” Resting Places
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. "Life and Death in Old Bexar”
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. "The Past at Rest: Two Historic Austin Cemeteries”
  2. pp. 31-40
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  1. "Eden Cemetery”
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. "Buried in Texas: Any and Every Which Way”
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. "There’s Something About Old Country Graveyards”
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. "Who Is Digging on My Grave? The Corps of Engineers?”
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. III. Getting There: Rituals, Ceremonies, and the Process of Dying
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. "Most People in Texas Don’t Die”
  2. pp. 79-88
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  1. "Oakhill Cemetery”
  2. pp. 89-94
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  1. "A Most Unusual Upbringing”
  2. pp. 95-106
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  1. "Funereal Humor”
  2. pp. 107-112
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  1. "A Family Secret”
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. "Death Behind the Walls: Rituals, Folktales, and True Stories”
  2. pp. 119-146
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  1. "Origins and Celebrations of El Día de los Muertos”
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. "From the Gallows: A Confession and Apology”
  2. pp. 153-157
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  1. IV. Superstitions, Strange Stories, and Voices from the “Other Side”
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. "The Spirit That Walked Toward Hornsby’s Bend”
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. "A Grave Mistake”
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. "Larger Than Life, Even in Death”
  2. pp. 173-182
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  1. "Messages from the Spiritual World”
  2. pp. 183-198
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  1. "Chipita Rodriguez: The Only Woman Hanged in Texas During the Civil War”
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. "Oscar—The Friendly Ghost”
  2. pp. 205-207
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  1. V. Thoughts, Musings, and Pure Speculation
  2. pp. 208-210
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  1. "Graveyard Meanderin’; Or, Things of Life Learned Among the Dead”
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. "The Walking Dead: The Role of the Corpse in Western Myths”
  2. pp. 217-224
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  1. "The Yellow Flower of Death”
  2. pp. 225-236
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  1. "Grandmother’s Uncle”
  2. pp. 237-238
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  1. "A Gift of Time”
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. "Super Reality”
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. Contributors’ Vitas
  2. pp. 255-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-275
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574413748
Print ISBN
9781574412567
MARC Record
OCLC
613192855
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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