"Secularizing Funerary Culture in Nineteenth-Century Belgium: A Product of Political and Religious Controversy"

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Abstract

Modern historiography of collective attitudes, practices, and conflicts surrounding death often focuses on the institutional history of cemeteries and nonreligious funerals in 19th-century France. Institutional and cultural discussions concerning funerals and cemeteries also divided nineteenth-century Belgium. This article explores emblematic civil burials and the secularization of cemeteries in major Belgian cities. The article distinguishes different dimensions of the secularization of death and highlights the particular nature of Belgian funerary conflicts and burial reform within a broader European context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • secularisation
  • Freemasonry
  • death
  • conflict
  • Liberalism

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