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Understanding death : an introduction to ideas of self and the afterlife in world religions

Author: Angela Sumegi
Publisher: Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive survey of how religions understand death, dying, and the afterlife, drawing on examples from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Shamanic perspectives. Considers shared and differing views of death across the world's major religions, including on the nature of death itself, the reasons for it, the identity of those who die, religious rituals, and on how the living should respond to deathPlaces  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Comparative studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sumegi, Angela, 1948-
Understanding death.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2013
(DLC) 2013015109
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Sumegi
ISBN: 9781118323120 1118323122 9781118323090 1118323092 9781118323113 1118323114
OCLC Number: 841206098
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Understanding Death; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Understanding Death; Return from the Dead; Debates and Definitions; Death and the Self; Ritual and Transformation; Notes; References and Further Reading; 2 Primal Perspectives on Death; Soul Theories of Primal Peoples; The Destiny of Souls; Afterlife among the Warao; Rituals of Departure; A Conversation on Understanding Death; References and Further Reading; 3 Death in the Ancient World; Egypt; Egyptian Soul Theory; Transforming the Body; Egyptian Afterlife; The Story of Osiris; Mesopotamia; Gilgamesh and the Search for Immortality. The Spirits of the Dead in Mesopotamian CulturePersia; Zoroaster and the Evil of Death; Salvation for All; Notes; References and Further Reading; 4 Jewish Perspectives on Death; The Beginning of Death; The Soul and Sheol; Resurrection and the World to Come; The Journey of the Soul; Rituals of Departure; A Conversation on Understanding Death; Notes; References and Further Reading; 5 Christian Perspectives on Death; The Death of Jesus; Developments in Christian Thought on the Soul; Resurrection and Eternal Life; Heaven and Hell; Rituals of Departure; A Conversation on Understanding Death; Notes. 8 Buddhist Perspectives on DeathThe Life and Death of the Buddha; The Noble Truths; Karma, Self, and the Wheel of Becoming; Nirvana: The Deathless; Rituals of Departure; A Conversation on Understanding Death; Notes; References and Further Reading; 9 Daoist Perspectives on Death; The Ancestors; Soul Theories; The Nameless Way; Transformations of the Self; The Search for Immortality; Rituals of Departure; A Conversation on Understanding Death; Notes; References and Further Reading; Index.
Responsibility: Angela Sumegi.

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This illuminating book examines how different religions understand death, dying, and the afterlife, drawing on examples from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.  Read more...

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Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers. (Choice, 1 October 2014)

 
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