MEMENTO MORI: New book soon to be released

The third and final book I intend to do about the presentation of death in sacred contexts is also by far the most visually lavish. Titled Memento Mori, it features a larger page size and includes gatefold images. Available this spring in the USA, UK, and Europe, it is a more global and comprehensive approach than either of the first two books, and includes stunning visual material from Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as some newly photographed European sites. It’s not going to be a cheap book, but it’s something that’s intended for connoisseurs of this type of material. It’s available from Barnes and Noble (with B and N you can order it online or in many cases arrange in store pick up where stock is available), Amazon, Indiebound, and other book dealers.

There will also be a photo exhibit based on the images from the new book at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles in April, as well as the standard slew of talks in the standard slew of cities–specific details will be announced here and on the Facebook and Instagram pages.

Here is the publisher’s blurb for it:
The astonishing story of how the dead live on in memorials and traditions across the globe, from Ethiopia and Nepal to Cambodia and Rwanda, told through arresting images and captivating narration

Death is universal, but the human response to death varies widely. In Western society, death is usually medicalized and taboo, and kept apart from the world of the living, while in much of the rest of the world, and for much of human history, death has commonly been far more integrated into peoples’ daily existence, and human remains are as much a reminder of life, memento vitae, as of death, memento mori.

Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudounaris has captured death around the world. From Bolivia’s “festival of the little pug-nosed ones,” where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes to smoke and beanie hats to protect them from the weather to Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routines; from naturally preserved Buddhist monks and memorials to genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia to the dramatic climax of Europe’s great ossuaries, Memento Mori defies taboo to demonstrate how the dead continue to be present in the lives of people everywhere. 500+ color illustrations.

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