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How the Dead Danced with the Living in Medieval Society
Professor Ashby Kinch's "How the Dead Danced with the Living in Medieval Society" came out in The Conversation.
"In the Halloween season, American culture briefly participates in an ancient tradition of making the world of the dead visible to the living: Children dress as skeletons, teens go to horror movies and adults play the part of ghosts in haunted houses.
But what if the dead played a more active, more participatory role in our daily lives?
It might appear to be a strange question, but as a scholar of late medieval literature and art, I have found compelling evidence from our past that shows how the dead were well-integrated into people’s sense of community."
You can read more in The Conversation: Academic rigor, journalistic flair