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    Cultural aspects of death

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    • Death in fiction

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    • Ancient Egyptian funerary practices

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    • Death in art

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    • Body snatching

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    • Books about death

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    • Death customs

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    • Documentary films about death

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    • Filmed deaths

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    • Films about death

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    • Death in Greek mythology

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    • Human trophy collecting

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    • Death in music

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    • Personifications of death

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    • Poems about death

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    • Politicians elected posthumously

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    • Religion and death

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    • Death and culture

    • This article is about death in the different cultures around the world as well as ethical issues relating to death, such as martyrdom, suicide and euthanasia. Death refers to the permanent termination of life-sustaining processes in an organism, i.e. when all biological systems of a human being cease to operate. Death ... Read »


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    • 27 Club

    • The 27 Club is a term that refers to the belief that an unusually high number of popular musicians and other artists have died at age 27, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, or violent means such as homicide or suicide. Statistical studies, however, have failed to find any unusual pattern of musician deaths a ... Read »


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    • Ace of spades

    • The ace of spades (also known as the spadille) is traditionally the highest card in the deck of playing cards, at least in English-speaking countries. The actual value of the card varies from game to game. In legend and folklore, it is also known as the death card. The ornate design of the ace of spades, common in ... Read »


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    • Ars moriendi

    • The Ars moriendi ("The Art of Dying") are two related Latin texts dating from about 1415 and 1450 which offer advice on the protocols and procedures of a good death, explaining how to "die well" according to Christian precepts of the late Middle Ages. It was written within the historical context of the effects of the m ... Read »


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    • Bardo Thodol

    • The Bardo Thodol (Tibetan: བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ, Wylie: bar do thos grol), Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, is a text from a larger corpus of teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peacefu ... Read »


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    • Bereavement in Judaism

    • Bereavement in Judaism (Hebrew: אֲבֵלוּת, avelut; mourning) is a combination of minhag and mitzvah derived from Judaism's classical Torah and rabbinic texts. The details of observance and practice vary according to each Jewish community. In Judaism, the principal mourners are the first-degree r ... Read »


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    • Body snatching

    • Body snatching is the secret removal of corpses from burial sites. A common purpose of body snatching, especially in the 19th century, was to sell the corpses for dissection or anatomy lectures in medical schools. Those who practiced body snatching were often called "resurrectionists" or "resurrection-men". A related a ... Read »


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    • Cultural differences in death of leadership between UK and US

    • United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) cultural differences are recognized in the media in how they each eulogize their political leadership. Regarding the April 9, 2013 death of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a theater proclaimed "Margaret Thatchers [sic] Dead LOL", social media giant Twitter saw the song ... Read »


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    • Dark tourism

    • Dark tourism (also black tourism or grief tourism) has been defined as tourism involving travel to places historically associated with death and tragedy. More recently, it was suggested that the concept should also include reasons tourists visit that site, since the site's attributes alone may not make a visitor a "dar ... Read »


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    • Death and the Internet

    • A recent extension to the cultural relationship with death is the increasing number of people who die having created a large amount of digital content, such as social media profiles, that will remain after death. This may include upset caused by automated features of dormant accounts (e.g. birthday reminders), uncertai ... Read »


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    • Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture

    • Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture is a philosophy book written by Jonathan Dollimore, published in 1998. The book describes the influence of the death obsession in western culture. Dollimore's analysis is heavily influenced by Freud. ... Read »


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    • The Devil's Chair (urban legend)


    • Fascination with death

    • Fascination with death has occurred throughout human history, characterized by obsessions with death and all things related to death and the afterlife. In past times, people would form cults around death and figures. Famously, Anubis, Osiris, Hades, and La Santa Muerte have all had large cult followings. La Santa Muer ... Read »


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    • Funerary text

    • Funerary texts or funerary literature feature in many belief systems. Its purpose is usually to provide guidance to the newly deceased or the soon-to-be-deceased about how to survive and prosper in the afterlife. The most famous example of funerary literature is that of the ancient Egyptians, whose Book of the Dea ... Read »


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    • Hierarchy of death

    • Hierarchy of death is a phrase used by journalists, social scientists, and academics to describe disproportionate amounts of media attention paid to various incidents of death around the world. Definitions of the hierarchy of death vary but several themes remain consistent in terms of media coverage: domestic deat ... Read »


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    • Human skull symbolism

    • Skull symbolism is the attachment of symbolic meaning to the human skull. The most common symbolic use of the skull is as a representation of death and mortality. Humans can often recognize the buried fragments of an only partially revealed cranium even when other bones may look like shards of stone. The human brain h ... Read »


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    • Infanticide

    • Infanticide (or infant homicide) is the intentional killing of infants. Parental infanticide researchers have found that mothers are far more likely than fathers to be the perpetrator for neonaticide and slightly more likely to commit infanticide in general. In many past societies, certain forms of infanticide were c ... Read »


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    • Infanticide in 19th-century New Zealand

    • Infanticide in 19th-century New Zealand was difficult to assess, especially for newborn indigenous Maori infants. Resultantly, many New Zealand women who might otherwise have been sentenced to penal servitude or capital punishment in New Zealand had their sentences commuted to the lesser charge of "concealment of birth ... Read »


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    • Kick the bucket

    • To kick the bucket is an English idiom, considered a euphemistic, informal, or slang term meaning 'to die'. Its origin remains unclear, though there have been several theories. A common theory is that the idiom refers to hanging, either as a method of execution or suicide. However, there is no evidence to support ... Read »


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    • List of posthumous number ones on the UK Albums Chart

    • The UK Albums Chart is a weekly record chart based on sales of albums in the United Kingdom. The first weekly albums chart in the UK was published by Record Mirror in July 1956 – since then, 26 albums by deceased artists have reached number one. Until 2007, the chart was based solely on sales of physical albums; ... Read »


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    • List of posthumous number ones on the UK Singles Chart

    • The death of a popular musician, and likewise, the use of a dead musician's work in advertising, often causes a sharp increase in sales of the musician's recordings and associated products; this has led to a number of posthumous number one singles in the UK and elsewhere. The phenomenon, a topic of discussion in both t ... Read »


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    • Mos Teutonicus

    • Mos Teutonicus (Latin: the German custom) was a postmortem funerary custom used in Europe in the Middle Ages as a means of transporting, and solemnly disposing of, the bodies of high status individuals. The process involved the removal of the flesh from the body, so that the bones of the deceased could be transported h ... Read »


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    • Museum of Death

    • Museum of Death

      Museum of Death is a museum with locations in Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. It was established in June 1995 by J. D. Healy and Catherine Shultz with the museum's stated goal being "to make people happy to be alive". The museum was originally established in 1995 in San Diego, in a ... Read »


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    • Necronym

    • A necronym (from the Greek words νεκρός, nekros, "dead" and ὄνομα ónoma, "name") is a reference to, or name of, a person who has died. Many cultures have taboos and traditions associated with referring to such a person. These vary from the extreme of never again speaking the person ... Read »


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    • Origin-of-death myth

    • The origin of death is a theme in the myths of many cultures. Death is a universal feature of human life, so stories about its origin appear to be universal in human cultures. As such it is a form of cosmological myth (a type of myth that explains the origins of a culture and the problems that faces it). Not one type o ... Read »


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    • Sasha and Zamani

    • Sasha and Zamani are two aspects of time as expressed in some Eastern and Central African cultures. Sasha are spirits known by someone still alive, while Zamani are spirits not known by anyone currently alive. Sasha are concerned with, and are expressed as, the present time, the recent past, and the near future; while ... Read »


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    • Skull and crossbones (Spanish cemetery)

    • Actual skulls and bones were long used to mark the entrances to Spanish cemeteries (campo santo). The practice, dating back many centuries, led to the symbol eventually becoming associated with the concept of death. Some crucifixes feature a skull and crossbones beneath the corpus (the depiction of Jesus' body), in ref ... Read »


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    • Symbols of death

    • Symbols of death are the symbolic, often allegorical, portrayal of death in various cultures. For allegorical figures that portray death, see Death (personification). Various images are used traditionally to symbolize death; these rank from blunt depictions of cadavers and their parts to more allusive suggestions ... Read »


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    • Tetraphobia

    • Tetraphobia (from Greek τετράς—tetras, "four" and φόβος—phobos, "fear") is the practice of avoiding instances of the number 4. It is a superstition most common in East Asian nations. The Chinese word for four (, pinyin: sì, jyutping: sei3), sounds quite similar to the ... Read »


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    • Tombstone tourist

    • Tombstone tourist (otherwise known as a "cemetery enthusiast", cemetery tourists, "grave hunter", "graver", or "taphophile") describes an individual who has a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries, epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of (famous) deaths. The term has been most notably used by ... Read »


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