Memento Mori

The Dead Among Us



ISBN: 9780500252611 Category:

Paul Koudounaris


A macabre, spectacular and thought-provoking survey of human remains used in decorative, commemorative or devotional contexts across the world today, from the author of Heavenly Bodies and The Empire of Death.

Memento Mori takes the reader on a ghoulish but beautiful tour of some of the world’s more unusual sacred sites and traditions, in which human remains are displayed for the benefit of the living. From burial caves in Indonesia festooned with bones, to skulls smoking cigarettes, wearing beanie hats and sunglasses, and decorated with garlands of flowers in South America, Paul Koudounaris ventures beyond the grave to find messages of hope and salvation. His glorious colour photographs and informed commentaries reveal that in many places, the realms of the living and the dead are nowhere near so distinct as contemporary Western society would have us believe.

Additional information

Weight 1110 g
Dimensions 19.5 x 28.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 November 2022
Number of pages 216
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.5 x 28.9 cm
Weight 1110 g


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Paul Koudounaris has a doctorate in Art History from the University of California and has written widely on European ossuaries and charnel houses for both academic and popular journals. He is also the author of Heavenly Bodies and Empire of Death, both published by Thames & Hudson.