The Eternal Tomb

Can a prophecy of the world’s end be undone—by teenage vampire? The Anointment is approaching, and soon Oliver will receive power necessary to journey Nexia fulfill his terrible destiny. But that isn’t what he wants—and may have finally found way change fate. Yet toughest part for hits closest home: Whom choose—his friends or family? No less than fate world hangs in balance. As powerful forces converge sinister plots are hatched on all sides, Oliver, Emalie, Dean race pull off their dangerous plan. Nothing certain—except everything about change.

What to do with the dead? In Imperial Japan, as elsewhere in modernizing world, answering this perennial question meant relying on age-old solutions. Funerals, burials, and other mortuary rites had developed over centuries aim of building continuity face loss. As Japanese coped economic, political, social changes that radically remade their lives decades after Meiji Restoration (1868), they clung local customs Buddhist rituals such sutra readings incense offerings for generations given meaning death. Yet death, highly original study shows, was not impervious nationalism, capitalism, isms constituted still constitute modernity. Japan changed, so did its handling inevitable. Following an overview early development funerary Japan,Andrew Bernstein demonstrates how diverse premodern practices from different regions strata were homogenized those generated by middle-class city dwellers create form practice dominant today. He describes controversy cremation, explaining why it became accepted manner disposing dead. also explores conflict-filled process remaking burial practices, which gave rise, part, suburban “soul parks” now prevalent throughout Japan; (largely failed) attempt nativists replace death Shinto ones; rise fall funeral procession. process, shows today’s “traditional” is fact twentieth-century invention traces political factors led development. These include a government wanting separate itself religion even while propagating State Shinto, appearance new middle class, forms transportation. these developments created contexts old rituals, faced problem fit them all together. thus tied broader one haunts societies experiencing rapid change: past? Modern Passings impressive far-reaching exploration Japan’s efforts solve puzzle, at heart modern experience.

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