Month: February 2018

From Here to Eternity: Part 7

Caitlin Doughty describes Japan’s death culture as looking at her own world through a looking glass. It’s similar but noticeably different. While Americans have become much more fearful around death and dead bodies in recent years, the Japanese have become more comfortable. However, it’s impossible to discuss Japan’s culture around

From Here to Eternity: Part 6

Caitlin Doughty takes her travels to Barcelona, Spain, which she calls a land of “almost.” The Altima funeral home puts all of the bodies that they deal with into wooden coffins, and they don’t embalm in most cases, but wakes are behind glass and coffins are kept in granite vaults.

From Here to Eternity: Part 5

This chapter made me really glad that I chose to read a book whose author has a youtube channel. The topic of this story is one that she’s actually talked about before. Doughty talks briefly about body farms, before getting into Katrina Spade’s work with West Carolina University and the

Thoughts on Fire and Fury

So, I’m going to be honest, I haven’t finished Fire and Fury yet, but I have a few things I want to say First of all, I think Wolff did a wonderful job, and that this book is an example of investigative journalism that I would recommend to anyone interested

From Here to Eternity: Part 4

In this part, we see the celebration of Día de los Muertos in Michoácan, Mexico. This is one of the subject that I have more personal experience with. My family is Mexican-American, and since my grandmother’s passing, we’ve adopted some of the traditions of Día de los Muertos. It’s been a

From Here to Eternity: Part 3

The third part of From Here to Eternity follows Caitlin Doughty’s observations in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. Their ma’nene’ ceremony in August brings a sort of “death tourism” to Indonesia. It got to the point where the locals had to figure out a way to allow tourists to view the ceremony without giving

From Here to Eternity: Part 2

The first stop on Doughty’s trip is the small town of Crestone, Colorado. She was invited to attend an open air cremation on the town’s community pyre. The deceased was a woman, Laura, that had died suddenly, likely as a result of heart problems. In lieu of a conventional (or

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