O cemitério dos Prazeres e a liberalização da morte

Translated title of the contribution: The Cemetery of Prazeres and the liberalization of death

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In 1835, a governmental decree established public cemeteries. In that year, the Cemetery of Prazeres was inaugurated, with new funeral ceremonies and a tomb art adapted to the cult of the Lisbon bourgeoisie. Texts that allude to this necropolis and its promotion as a model of public health began to be published since 1837. Although some initial oddity it caused, this space soon inspired meditations on the brevity of life, imbued with a Romantic sensibility. Several authors express the anticlerical current, either by the absence of Catholic symbols or by the consecration of individualism. Supported by 19th century texts, related to art, medicine, public health or feminine condition, this communication aims to convey the dynamism of the cemetery of Prazeres throughout the 19th century: it inspired poets, induced secular practices, promoted new professions, intensified the press, contributed to the thanatology and served as scenery of lyrics and narrative plots.
Translated title of the contributionThe Cemetery of Prazeres and the liberalization of death
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationA Morte
Subtitle of host publicationLeituras da Humana Condição. . Atas do I Congresso Internacional sobre a Morte
EditorsPaulo Alves, Maria José Figueiredo, Eugénia Abrantes Magalhães, Fernando Magalhães, Benedita Santiago Neves, Porfírio Pinto, Bruno Venâncio
Place of PublicationLisboa
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-989-6737269
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventI Congresso Internacional sobre a Morte - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 21 Feb 201924 Feb 2019


ConferenceI Congresso Internacional sobre a Morte


  • Death
  • Cemetery of Prazeres
  • Liberalism
  • Romanticism
  • Tomb art
  • 19th-century publications


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