New PDF release: Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes
By William Lynwood Montell
In Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes, William Lynwood Montell has gathered tales and recollections from funeral domestic administrators and embalmers around the kingdom. those money owed supply a checklist of the company of loss of life because it has been practiced in Kentucky over the last fifty years. the gathering levels from stories of old-time burial practices, to tales approximately funeral customs distinct to the African American neighborhood, to stories of premonitions, blunders, or even funny occurrences. different tales contain such strange elements of the enterprise as snake-handling funerals, incorrect identities, and in-home embalming. Taken jointly, those firsthand narratives look after a big point of Kentucky social lifestyles probably not to be gathered in other places. almost all these funeral domestic tales contain the hot background of Kentucky funeral practices, yet a few descriptive money owed return to the period while funeral administrators used horse-drawn wagons to arrive secluded components. those debts, together with tales approximately fainting relations, long-winded preachers, and pallbearers falling into graves, offer major insights into the pivotal function morticians have performed in neighborhood existence and tradition over the years.
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