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The development of cemeteries in Portugal c.1755 - c.1870

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In many countries, the introduction of cemeteries constituted a radical change to existing burial traditions. A sporadic secondary literature indicates difficulties in some provincial areas, as reform--often dictated from above, through Royal Edict--became subject to delay and resistence. This paper charts the progress of cemetery establishment in Portugal during a turbulent phase in its history. Through its discussion of some of the obstacles to burial reform, the paper indicates that there may be particular prerequisites required to facilitate smoother and speedier transitions from traditional to newer types of burial provision in the nineteenth century.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: V. N. Gaia Portugal 2: University of York UK

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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