Grave-tending festivals

Carmichael, E. & Sayer, C. 1991

The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, London: British Museum.

Kupisińsky, Z. 2020

‘Remembrance of the deceased in annual rituals in Poland’, Anthropos, 115:2, 527-534.

Marchi, R. 2013

‘Hybridity and authenticity in U.S. Day of the Dead celebrations’, Journal of American Folklore, 126:501, 272-301.

Quartier, T. 2010

‘Mourning rituals – Between faith and personalisation: changing ritual repertoires on All Souls Day in the Netherlands’, International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 10:4, 334-350.

Quartier, T. 2013

‘On the borders of death: dimensions of Dutch mourning rituals’, in E. Venbrux, T. Quartier, C. Venhost & B. Mathijssen (eds) Changing European Deathways, Wien: Lit Verlag, 191-212.

Tanaś, S. 2020

‘The profane sphere of All Saints’ Day and the social aspects of cemeteries’, Tourism, 30:2, 91-99.

Teather, E. 2001

‘Time out and worlds apart: tradition and modernity meet in the time-space of the gravesweeping festivals of Hong Kong’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 22:2, 156-172.


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