Claudia Rodrigues’s Nas Fronteiras do Além examines the secularization of death in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Rio de Janeiro. While the study is predominantly confined to Rio de Janeiro, she also briefly mentions and explores the secularization of death in other Brazilian cities. Drawing upon wills, ecclesiastical materials, and notarial records, along with the public discourses of civil and religious authorities, this ambitious project chronicles the transformation of ideas about death and its management in a rapidly changing society. Rodrigues argues that death, initially the domain of ecclesiastical authorities, gradually fell under the control of a secular state. Furthermore, ideological currents such as positivism and liberalism, which influenced independence in 1822 and the creation of the republic in 1889, affected cultural attitudes toward death.

This project is organized along two thematic lines of inquiry. The first consists of a cultural mapping of death...

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