Death Culture of the Upland South: A Context for Cades Cove

  • Gary S. FosterEmail author
  • William E. Lovekamp


Death culture and mortuary practices in Cades Cove are a subset of Appalachian death culture and practices. While many of the customs and traditions commenced at the time of death and preceded interment, many customary practices found expression in the cemeteries and burial grounds. Many customs and practices of death culture and death-lore are/were unique to the Upland South and include Decoration Day, grave houses, grave mounding, grave sweeping, saving grief and the delayed funeral, the burial of wives to the left of their husbands, and burials oriented east–west. The (condition of) cemeteries and graves are public statements revealing conformity to the norms and values of the community and the regard held for the deceased.


Death culture Death-lore Decoration Day Delayed funeral Grave houses Grave mounding Grave sweeping 


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  1. 1.Sociology, Anthropology, and CriminologyEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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