Unearthly Landscapes: New Zealand’s Old Cemetries, Churchyards and Urupa

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Unearthly Landscapes: New Zealand’s Old Cemetries, Churchyards and Urupa

ISBN: 9781927322185
Authors(s): Stephen Deed

About Unearthly Landscapes: New Zealand’s Old Cemetries, Churchyards and Urupa:

By the nineteenth century the ancient urban churchyards of Britain, burdened with gener-ations of dead, were unable to cope with rising numbers of corpses. Partially decomposed bodies were regularly disinterred and dumped in pits to free up room for the newly dead. Fears about the danger to public health eventually put an end to the urban churchyard burial grounds, and by the time settlers set sail for New Zealand large modern cemeteries were being established on the edges of towns and cities. Migrants therefore brought with them a range of burial practices. The land they arrived in already had a long tradition of Maori burial ritual and places, which would be transformed by this contact with the European world.

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No of pages: 256
Published as: Paperback
Genre: NZ books, NZ authors, nz interest book