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Guilds, Charities, and the Community Management of Death

Christian Henriot

in Scythe and the City

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print May 2016 | ISBN: 9780804797467
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780804798747 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.11126/stanford/9780804797467.003.0002
Guilds, Charities, and the Community Management of Death

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The second chapter examines the role of community organizations, especially the guilds and charities, in the management of death in the city. Up to the 1920s, before the emergence of commercial funeral companies, community organizations were the sole social actors that took care of the disposal of dead bodies. This chapter also studies the earlier forms of regulation by the imperial administration and the foreign municipal authorities.

Keywords: guild; coffin; repository; cemetery; native-place association

Chapter.  22430 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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