Remembering and forgetting the dead

The dead are brought front of mind in many ways through our public rituals, festivals and ceremonies.

There’s China’s Hungry Ghost Festival, Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, Japan’s Obon Festival and of course, Halloween, which has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain. Halloween was originally a time dedicated to warding off ghosts with costumes and remembering the dead – rather than collecting candy.

In this article, Professor Michael Arnold and Professor Tamara Kohn will discuss how the dead is remembered and forgotten through a cemetery: Remembering and forgetting the dead | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne (