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