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Unearthly Landscapes : New Zealand's Early Churchyards, Cemeteries and Urupa (Paperback) (Stephen Deed)
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By the nineteenth century the ancient parish churchyards of Britain, burdened with generations of dead, were unable to cope with the strain of rising numbers of corpses. Partially decomposed bodies were regularly disinterred and dumped in pits to free up room for the newly dead. Public concern about health problems eventually put an end to the local parish churchyard burial, and by the time settlers set sail for New Zealand new, larger "modern" cemeteries were being established on the edges of towns. Immigrants therefore brought with them a range of burial traditions, and of course Maori, already long established, had their own rituals. Over time, the various customs borrowed from one another to form a uniquely New Zealand way. Today, old cemeteries dot the countryside, but are ignored by most. Yet the resting places of the dead are, ironically, a reflection of the life of the surrounding community, and New Zealand’s early cemeteries have fascinating stories to tell. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, Stephen Deed sets out to reconnect the historic cemeteries we see today with the history of this country and its people.
Number of Pages: 237
Genre: History, Travel
Sub-Genre: Australia + New Zealand, Special Interest / General
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Stephen Deed
Street Date: January 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-5154
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