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By Loring M. Danforth

This compelling textual content and dramatic photographic essay exhibit the emotional strength of the loss of life rituals of a small Greek village--the funeral, the making a song of laments, the distribution of foodstuff, the day-by-day visits to the graves, and particularly the ceremony of exhumation. those rituals support Greek villagers face the common paradox of mourning: how can the dwelling maintain relationships with the lifeless and even as deliver them to an finish, with the intention to proceed to dwell meaningfully as individuals of a neighborhood? that's the villagers' limitation, and our personal. Thirty-one relocating photos (reproduced in duotone to do justice to their nice good looks) mix with bright descriptions of the bereaved girls of "Potamia" and with the phrases of the funeral laments to permit the reader an strange emotional id with the folk of rural Greece as they try to combine the event of loss of life into their day-by-day lives.

Loring M. Danforth's delicate use of symbolic and structural research enhances his dialogue of the social context during which those rituals ensue. He explores very important subject matters in rural Greek lifestyles, resembling the placement of ladies, styles of reciprocity and legal responsibility, and the character of social family in the family.

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