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By Satsuki Kawano

Based on wide fieldwork, Nature’s Embrace finds the rising pluralization of demise rites in postindustrial Japan. Low start premiums and excessive numbers of individuals final completely unmarried have ended in a scarcity of ceremonial caregivers (most as a rule married sons and their other halves) to make sure the transformation of the useless into ancestors resting in peace. for this reason, older adults are more and more doubtful approximately who will practice memorial rites for them and preserve their graves. during this learn, anthropologist Satsuki Kawano examines Japan’s altering demise rites from the point of view of these who pick to have their cremated continues to be scattered and have a good time their go back to nature.

For these with no kids, ash scattering is an efficient procedure, because it calls for neither a grave nor a caretaker. despite the fact that, the adoption of ash scattering isn't really constrained to the childless. by way of forgoing graves and lightening the weight on more youthful generations to take care of them, this new mortuary perform has given its proponents an elevated experience of keep watch over over their posthumous lifestyles. through making a choice on ash scattering, older adults contest their established prestige in eastern society, which more and more perspectives the elderly as passive care recipients. As such, this learn explores not just new advancements in mortuary practices, but additionally voices for elevated self-sufficiency in overdue maturity and the elderly’s reshaping of ties with more youthful generations.

Nature’s Embrace bargains insightful dialogue at the upward thrust of recent loss of life rites and ideologies, older adults’ perspectives in their dying rites, and Japan’s altering society in the course of the eyes of getting older urbanites. This ebook will interact a variety of readers attracted to dying and tradition, mortuary ritual, and alterations in age relatives in postindustrial societies.

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