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Death, Religion and Belief

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Death, Religion and Belief by Douglas Davies
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Description

Describing a great variety of funeral rituals 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 growth of afterlife beliefs. The key theme of this book is the rhetoric of death - the way cultures use the most potent weapon of words to bring new power to life. Human identity and its transformation through mortuary rites are explored through the mummies of Chile and Egypt, African sacrificial deaths, Indian cremations, immigrant cemeteries in the USA, ancestor rites in Eastern religions and in Mormonism and the freezing of the dead in cryonics.

Author Biography

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.
Release date Australia
April 11th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
2nd edition
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
Frances Pinter Publishers Ltd
Pages
272
Dimensions
156x234x15
ISBN-13
9780826454836
Product ID
1735867

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