Texas Graveyards

Texas Graveyards

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Where more poignantly than in a small country graveyard can a traveler fathom the flow of history and tradition? During the past twenty years, Terry G. Jordan has traveled the back roads and hidden trails of rural Texas in search of such cemeteries. With camera in hand, he has visited more than one thousand cemeteries created and maintained by the Anglo-American, black, Indian, Mexican, and German settlers of Texas. His discoveries of sculptured stones and mounds, hex signs and epitaphs, intricate landscapes and unusual decorations represent a previously unstudied and unappreciated wealth of Texas folk art and tradition. Texas Graveyards not only marks the distinct ethnic and racial traditions in burial practices but also preserves a Texas legacy endangered by changing customs, rural depopulation, vandalism, and the erosion of time.The seminal work was done by Fred Kniffen, the acknowledged founder and father figure of American folk- geography. ls Kniffena#39;s intellectual ... Evolution, invention, and diffusion are as nicely exemplified here as with any other cultural phenomenon. ... vitality, impetus, and respect to the geographical study of religious faith through the publication of the first book in the English language on this subject.2aquot;anbsp;...

Title:Texas Graveyards
Author:Terry G. Jordan
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-07-05


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