Death Lore
Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter
6 x 9, 288 pp.
60 illus.
Pub Date: 11/15/2008
Publications of the Texas Folklore Society
  cloth
Price:        $36.95 s

978-1-57441-256-7

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Death Lore

Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt Ph.D.

Death provides us with some of our very best folklore. Some fear it, some embrace it, and most have pretty firm ideas about what happens when we die. Although some people may not want to talk about dying, it’s the only thing that happens to all of us—and there’s no way to get around it.

This publication of the Texas Folklore Society examines the lore of death and whatever happens afterward. The first chapter examines places where people are buried, either permanently or temporarily. Chapter Two features articles about how people die and the rituals associated with funerals and burials. The third chapter explores some of the stranger stories about what happens after we’re gone, and the last chapter offers some philosophical musings about death in general, as well as our connection to those who have gone before.

KENNETH L. UNTIEDT is the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University, and is now an associate professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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