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A brief history of death

Author: Douglas James Davies
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
Series: Blackwell brief histories of religion.
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"Douglas J. Davies, internationally acknowledged as one of the leading experts in this field, tackles some of the most significant aspects of death - the act of dying, grieving, burial, artistic interpretations of death, places of memory, the fear of death, and disasters/tragedies - and weaves them into a story about our changing attitudes to dying."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas James Davies
ISBN: 1405101822 9781405101820 1405101830 9781405101837
OCLC Number: 55495037
Description: xi, 184 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Journey beyond. Gilgamesh ; Adam and Eve ; Death, sin and atonement ; Resurrection-transcendence ; Release-transcendence ; Self-transcendence ; Hope and faith ; To be or not to be ; Traditional futures ; The uneasy species ; Death our future ; Autobiographical history of death ; Methods of approach ; Words against death ; Myth again --
pt. 2. Parting's sweet sorrow. Relationships, death and destiny ; Family bonds ; Hell, life and work ; Secular ethics and loss ; Freud and Bowlby ; Grief-stages ; Fixing the unfixable ; Helplessness ; Aberbach and charisma ; World religions ; Identity and religions ; Identity's demise and death ; Adulthood-childhood, maturity and death of parents ; Moral-somatic links ; Spiritualism ; Departure --
pt. 3. Removing the dead. Souls ; Status and destiny ; Ritual change ; Resurrection ; Secular trends ; Changing times ; Default religion ; From respect to dignity ; Death-style and belief ; Cremated remains ; Space, cryogenics and computers. pt. 4. Ecology, death and hope. Criminals, heretics, bodies and belief ; Dying at home ; Hospice ; Symbolic bodies ; American ways of death ; Ecology ; Hope springs eternal ; Forest ; Positive and negative dust ; Ethics and spirituality at large ; Death's paradigm shift ; Ecological immortality --
pt. 5. Art, literature and music. Variety ; Bible ; Dante ; Milton ; Secular strains ; Art ; Portraying the dead ; Religious fusion ; Hope --
pt. 6. Places of memory. Myth ; The dynamics of memorial sites ; Locating hope: the dynamics of memorial sites ; Place and hope ; How to speak of the dead? ; Location 1: graveyard and cemetery ; Hope 1: eternal, eschatological form of identity ; Location 2: cremation and remains ; Hope 2: internal, the retrospective fulfilment of identity ; Location 3: woodland burial ; Hope 3: natural, the ecological fulfilment of identity ; Memorial texts ; The National Memorial Arboretum ; Lifestyle --
death-style --
pt. 7. Fear of death. A mythical form ; Hinduism, Buddhism ; Christianity ; Albert Schweitzer and C.S. Lewis ; Essential fear ; Plague ; Modern devastations ; Philosophical fears ; Psychology and fear of death ; Picasso ; Fears real and imagined ; Contemporary fears ; Imaginative fears ; Fear abolished --
pt. 8. Purposeful and useless death. Power of death ; Warfare ; Genocide ; Violence at heart ; Disasters ; Baby-death ; Suicide --
euthanasia ; Offending deaths ; Illness and death ; The future of death ; Christian eternal life ; Death's margins ; Age and death ; Hopeless non-places ; 2020 time and vision ; The world's death.
Series Title: Blackwell brief histories of religion.
Responsibility: Douglas J. Davies.

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An examination of a subject which is of enduring interest to every culture in the world. It considers the profound influence death has had on subjects ranging from philosophy to music and looks at  Read more...

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"The author reveals himself to be a sensitive and humane guide, in a book that ought to fascinate anyone interested in the existential conundrum of human morality." Times Higher Education Supplement

 
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