Death and the Idea of Mexico has 34 ratings and 7 reviews. Sean said: Well over all it was a good book. But I have to get one thing off my chest before I. La idea de la muerte en México (Antropologia) (Spanish Edition) Claudio Lomnitz. Esta obra es la primera historia social, cultural y política de la muerte en una. Idea de La Muerte En Mexico (Mexican Art and Culture) by Claudio Lomnitz at – ISBN X – ISBN – Fondo de .

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Death and the Idea of Mexico by Claudio Lomnitz

Meghan Ellis rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Caragh rated it really liked it Apr 28, If you’ve ever seen a Santa Muerte shrine, you’ll most likely notice a number of other deities around Santa Muerte. Natalie rated it really liked it Feb 23, Sometimes, we also use a cookie to keep track of your trolley contents.

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Jared rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Dec 12, Dave-O rated it really liked it Shelves: Death and the Idea of Mexico by Claudio Lomnitz. Return to Book Page.

I beg to lomnizt with another reviewer, who said that this book is never inscrutable. Melissa Burat rated it really liked it Feb 26, Be the first to ask a question about Death and the Idea of Mexico.

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Brad Larkin rated it really liked it Oct 11, Almost nowhere else could you find such details, and they elucidate not just Mexicans’ ideas towards death, but towards life, religion, and sacredness, as well. Lomnitz evinces a dense academic style that at times refuses to become clear after five or six readings, and I lament that any writer must make the choice of obfuscation over clarity.


However, if you’re passionate about the subject, as I am, these poor choices won’t dampen your passion for the vividness that lies at the heart of this book.

Lomnittz seems not like the work of an inexperienced twentysomething with some half-baked ideas formed as a 9-year-old, but instead, the life’s work of an academic who has examined the subject for decades and gives us the benefit of his well-earned authority. Unlike contemporary Europeans and Americans, whose denial of death permeates their cultures, the Mexican people display and cultivate a jovial familiarity with death.

Sabrina Gavigan rated it really liked it Aug 22, I feel as muegte this is shoddy workmanship no matter when he wrote this.

Trivia About Death and the Ide Death and Idea of Mexico focuses on the dialectical relationship between dying, killing, and the administration of death, and the very formation of the colonial state, of a rich and variegated popular culture, and of the Mexican nation itself.

Lomnitz’ dense research and masterful writing ensure that scholars and other readers will refer clqudio its ideas on the subject for years to come. Lomnitz examines ideas about Purgatory, evolving burial practices, the fight between Aztec and Spanish funerary traditions, the rise of Day of the Dead, the merging of All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day into something that became Day of the Dead, the historical details of this holiday, the treatment of saints’ relics, and much more.


Authentication ends after about 15 minutues of inactivity, or when you explicitly choose to end it.

Not only does it ignore gender and placement in theological realms but it really just zooms past Well over all it was a good book.

Jordan rated it liked it Dec 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think this book could have easily have been several times longer, and still not run out of fascinating stuff to say. This intimacy with death has become the cornerstone of Mexico’s national identity.

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Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. Intimidating as the subject matter might be at least to Americans– who tend to shy away from death, if olmnitz deny it altogetherthis book is never inscrutable and Lomnitz carefully lays out how death and Mexico coexist as concepts and reality.

Jason Williams rated mueret it was amazing Apr 21, The idea that Santa Muerte comes out of Ray Pascal is just bizarre. Well over all it was a good book. Emilia rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Mat Chiappe rated it liked it Oct 12,