Memento Mori

The Dead Among Us


A fascinating journey to the world’s most macabre sites from the author of Heavenly Bodies and The Empire of Death


ISBN: 9780500517789 Category:

Paul Koudounaris


Paul Koudounaris ventures beyond the grave in this spectacular and thought-provoking survey of human remains used in decorative, commemorative or devotional contexts across the world today.

From Bolivia’s ‘festival of the little pug-nosed ones’, where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes, to Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routine, via naturally preserved Buddhist monks and memorials to recent genocides, this dramatic book defies taboo to demonstrate how the dead live on across the globe.

The book’s inventive visual presentation by top design studio Barnbrook rejects gloomy clich├ęs in favour of bright colours, delicate frames and eloquent motifs that echo some of the folk traditions featured in these pages.

Koudounaris is a gifted narrator, vividly recounting the stories and traditions that lie behind his ghoulish but beautiful photographs, which reveal that in many places, the realms of the living and the dead are nowhere near so distinct as Western society would have us believe.

Additional information

Weight 1629 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 32.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2015
Number of pages 216
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.8 x 32.1 cm
Weight 1629 g
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.