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The Buried Soul

How Humans Invented Death

Author: Timothy Taylor

Do cannibals exist? Is there evidence for contemporary human sacrifice? What are vampires? The Buried Soul charts the story of the human response to death from prehistory to the present day. This book is a radical adventure into the sepulchral world.
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“Taylor makes sense of the ghastly and the seemingly insensible-African muti killings, human sacrifice, vampires, and triple-killed bog bodies. Archaeology was never so entertaining, and entertainment never so edifying. There is not a trite thought or lazy idea in this book....Blazingly smart and deeply human.” -Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

The Buried Soul is an extraordinary immersion experience . . . I had always supposed that archeology was as dry as the dust and bones it traffics in, as pedestrian as the catalogs it compiles. On the contrary, when expounded by a masterly storyteller like Taylor, it resembles psychoanalysis at its best . . . I haven’t space to illustrate how ingeniously Taylor assembles his interpretations, patiently working out the barely intelligible motives and beliefs of the creatures who became us . . . Wherever else you travel, you should consider a trip into ‘deep time’ with The Buried Soul.” -George Scialabba, Boston Globe

“Learned and impassioned . . . the lesson of Mr. Taylor’s unsparing book is that . . . for most of human history, our attempts to deal with death-to appease it, master it, or simply make sense of it-have been deeply irrational and often cruel. More than any other human experience, death makes us savage.” -Adam Kirsch, New York Sun

“Absorbing and challenging . . . The Buried Soul is vast, ambitious, and contentious. It ranges over two million years, from a cut-marked skull of Homo habilis to the death of a young man in 2000.” -Katherine Ashenburg, American Scholar

Reviews

Review by: Adam Kirsch, New York Sun - August 15, 2005
"Learned and impassioned."
Review by: Mary Roach, Author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - August 15, 2005
"Taylor makes sense of the ghastly and the seemingly insensible African muti killings, human sacrifice, vampires, and triple-killed bog bodies. Archaeology was never so entertaining, and entertainment never so edifying. Taylor rescues cannibalism from its P.C. detention hall. He hauls ghosts off the Halloween novelty racks and reflects on their ancient status as disembodied souls: dangerous, utterly terrifying entities that had to be trapped, served, tricked, placated. There is not a trite thought or lazy idea in this book. Taylor is blazingly smart and deeply human."
Review by: George Scialabba, Boston Globe - August 15, 2005
"The Buried Soul, by British archeologist Timothy Taylor, is an extraordinary immersion experience . . . I had always supposed that archeology was as dry as the dust and bones it traffics in, as pedestrian as the catalogs it compiles. On the contrary, when expounded by a masterly storyteller like Taylor, it resembles psychoanalysis at its best...I haven't space to illustrate how ingeniously Taylor assembles his interpretations, patiently working out the barely intelligible motives and beliefs of the creatures who became us . . . Wherever else you travel, you should consider a trip into deep time with The Buried Soul."
Review by: Katherine Ashenburg, American Scholar - August 15, 2005
"Absorbing and challenging . . . The Buried Soul is vast, ambitious, and contentious. It ranges over two million years, from a cut-marked skull of Homo habilis to the death of a young man in 2000."

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The Buried Soul

ISBN: 978-080704667-8
Publication Date: 8/15/2005
Pages: 368
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $20.00
Format: Paperback
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