Death, Ritual And Belief / Edition 2

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Overview

Describing a great variety of funeral ritual from major world religions and from local traditions, this book shows how cultures not only cope with corpses but also create an added value for living through the encouragement of afterlife beliefs. The explosion of interest in death in recent years reflects the key theme of this book - the rhetoric of death - the way cultures use the most potent weapon of words to bring new power to life. This new edition is one third longer than the original with new material on the death of Jesus, the most theorized death ever which offers a useful case study for students. There is also empirical material from contemporary/recent events such as the death of Diana and an expanded section on theories of grief which will make the book more attractive to death counsellors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826454843
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion in the University of Durham, UK. His numerous books on death and other aspects of Religious Studies reflect his combined skills both as an Anthropologist of Religion and Theologian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Interpreting death rites
2 Coping with corpses: impurity, fertility and fear
3 Theories of grief
4 Sacrifice, violence and conquest
5 Eastern destiny and death
6 Ancestors cemeteries and local identities
7 Jewish and Islamic destinies
8 Christianity and Offending Death
9 Symbolic death and rebirth
10 Somewhere to die
11 Souls and the presence of the dead
12 Pet and animal death
13 Book, film and building
14 Death, and the birth of religions
15 Secular death and life.

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