The article summarizes and appraises the ethnographic and ethnological studies on the funeral rites and phenomena closely interconnected with this issue, mapping the period from the end of the 19th century to the present. The authoress aims not only to provide an overview of scholarly literature on the mentioned topic and to present the methodological approaches adopted by their authors, but also to constitute a basic platform that would present an outcome for the further research in this field. The paper focuses on the ethnographic and ethnological studies dealing with the situation on the territory of Slovakia leaving aside the studies by Hungarian authors. The article also includes a list of references concerning the outlined period and the data collected in Slovakia.
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