Situating the Dead: Cemeteries as Material, Symbolic, and Relational Space

Avril Maddrell, Brenda Mathijssen

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This chapter explores the coproduction of space and religion through analysis of the material, symbolic, and relational characteristics of graves and cemeteries. Both space and religion are multifaceted: lived, relational, dynamic, performative, and processual. Cemeteries, deemed “sacred,” in formal or wider senses in many societies, embody mortal remains, provide a focal point for commemoration, symbolize continuing relationships with the deceased and any beliefs about the afterlife. Studying cemeteries through a spatial lens oers insights into contemporary lived religion and changes over time. Drawing on case studies, the chapter demonstrates the ways in which cemeteries oer signicant insights into the situated spatialities and wider geographies of religions, beliefs, and rituals. Varied grave-iconography and texts, and the spatial organization of cemeteries reect geographies of belonging, including migratory and diasporic networks and the varied ways in which dierent religions are lived, expressed, and contested in a particular locality and time.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe Oxford Handbook of Religious Space
RedacteurenJeanne Halgren Kilde
UitgeverijOxford University Press
ISBN van elektronische versie9780190875008
ISBN van geprinte versie9780190874988
StatusPublished - 21-jun.-2022

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