Introduction; Part I. Death and the City: 1. Through 'divine eyes'; 2. A profane perspective; Part II. Death as a Living: 3. Shares and chicanery; 4. Giving, receiving and bargaining over gifts; Part III. Death into Birth: 5. The last sacrifice; 6. Ghosts into ancestors; 7. Spirit possession as 'superstition'; Part IV. The End of Death: 8. Asceticism and the conquest of death.
"The author has done a superb job in combining description and analysis, his conclusions are both provocative and informative. There is no doubt that this work is a major contribution to the meager literature on the anthropology of symbolism of death and the sociology of specialists in the sacred. It is a 'must read' for those interested in topics such as death, death rituals, and pilgrimage." Choice