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Modern Passings: Death Rites, Politics, and Social Change in Imperial Japan

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Andrew Bernstein,  associate professor of history, gives an over-view of the early development of funerary rituals in Japan and demonstrates how diverse premodern practices from different regions and social strata were homogenized with those generated by middle-class city dwellers to create the form of funerary practice dominant today.

University of Hawaii Press, 2006. 238 pages. $39.

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