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The Altar of the Dead: a Temporary Space for Memory and Meaning in the Contemporary Urban Landscape

Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Nature, Space and the Sacred:transdiciplinary perspectives
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Ashgate


The week following Halloween in 2006, a cultural event called ‘The altar of the dead’ was held in an urban park in the centre of the Swedish city of Malmö. Encouraging people to contemplate a deceased loved one by leaving gifts, by reciting poems, or simply by reminiscing at a confessionless altar placed in the public park, this event invited an inquiry into the relation between nature, space, and the sacred paying heed to people’s diverse cultures, religious beliefs and practices.


  • Design
  • roadside memorials
  • ritual
  • death
  • private
  • spontaneous memorials
  • altar of the dead
  • praesentia
  • sacred
  • public
  • profane


  • ISBN: 978-0-7546-6686-8

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