Vitolds Muižnieks

5 The Co-Existence of Two Traditions in the Territory of Present-Day Latvia in the 13th–18th Centuries: Burial in Dress and in a Shroud

Introduction

The perception of death and of life beyond the grave is one area of human spiritual life that has been significantly altered through the influence of Christianity. Ideas concerning death and life after death are manifested in mortuary practices. The form of burial indicates changes in world view and religious beliefs that followed conversion to Christianity.

In studies by historians and archaeologists the main criteria attesting to the influence of Christianity in the sphere of mortuary practices are generally taken to be: inhumation, aligned with the head to the west, burial in ...

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