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Death and Funeral Practices in Russia

By Sergei Mokhov Copyright 2022
    106 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Built on original ethnographic research conducted by the author, this book offers a highly detailed and comprehensive account of funerary history and practices in Russia. Death and Funeral Practices in Russia provides rich data on mortality statistics, trends in the funeral market in contemporary Russia, the legal framework of funerary practices, as well as regional and demographic disparities.

    The first part of the book presents an in-depth account of the historical development of funerary practice in Russia, charting the emergence and evolution of funeral traditions and customs in the country from the Russian Empire to the collapse of the USSR. Having explored the wider historical context surrounding funerary culture in Russia, the second part of the book explores the key features of the funeral industry in post-Soviet times, highlighting critical changes and areas of continuity. Topics explored include the death care industry in Russia, the key features of the typical funeral in the country, cemetery and crematorium provision, the technicalities and legalities of burial and cremation, and the illegal practices within the funeral market.

    A truly unique offering, the book is essential reading for academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in the history and legal, technical and professional aspects of the funerary industry in Russia.

    1. The Russia: an introduction

    2. History

    3. Funeral industry law and regulation framework

    4. Funeral directing industry

    5. Cemeteries

    6. Crematoriums

    7. Transportation, mortuaries, and farewell halls

    8. Religious belief and funerary practices

    9. Typical funeral

    10. Funeral costs

    11. Commemoration and remembrance in the public sphere


    Sergei Mokhov is Research Fellow in the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Science, Russia, and at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.