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Tales of lights and shadows : mythology of the afterlife

Author: Robert S Ellwood
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work offers a fresh approach to the traditional mythology and literature of the afterlife, centering on tensions and polarities in the afterlife concepts: bright vs. dismal, heaven vs. reincarnation, theocentric vs. anthropocentric heaven, etc. Presenting examples from virtually all the world's religious cultures past and present, this book puts the concepts clearly in the context of the worldview and social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Myths
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ellwood, Robert S., 1933-
Tales of lights and shadows.
London ; New York : Continuum, ©2010
(OCoLC)891464797
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert S Ellwood
ISBN: 9781441143976 1441143971 9781441170033 1441170030
OCLC Number: 502874677
Description: vi, 166 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: In that good night, what dreams may come? : myth, meaning, and afterlife --
Hungry and happy fields of the dead : gloomy vs. bright views of the afterlife --
The several homelands of the heart : abodes of the soul --
Circling paths, endless journey : reincarnation vs. eternal life in heaven or hell --
God or garden of delights? : is heaven theocentric or anthropocentric? --
Ghostly fear and love : the dread of ancestral spirits vs. respect and honor --
On the long march : community and religious solidarity vs. individual reward and punishment --
Amazing grace : difficult vs. the easy path --
The end of days : linear and cyclical time --
Common and uncommon faith : the afterlife in folk religion and the great tradition --
Retrospect : afterlife and culture.
Responsibility: Robert Ellwood.

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