Death, Ritual And Belief: The Rhetoric Of Funeral Rites  -     By: Douglas Davies
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Death, Ritual And Belief: The Rhetoric Of Funeral Rites

Continuum International / 2002 / Paperback

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Death has proved advantageous to humanity: this is the unlying argument of this book, enshrined in the expression "words against death". The human animal never lets death have the last word. Though religious ritual and secular rites, in words and in music, in architecture and in art, people express their trust in hope over fear. Grounded in anthropology, this unique collection of material on funeral rites includes theology, philosophical and psychological perspectives on death. It not only covers basic aspects of Middle Eastern, Eastern and Western religious traditions but also includes empirical research on such things as experiencing the presence of the dead and attitudes to the death of pets. This revised edition includes new material on theories of grief and presents Professor Davies' own theory on death in the birth of world religions and on "offending deaths" in sacrifice and human catastrophes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Continuum International
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 0826454844
ISBN-13: 9780826454843
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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.

Author Bio

Douglas J. Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion and Director of Durham University's Centre for Death and Life Studies, UK. His numerous books on death and other aspects of Religious Studies reflect his combined skills as both Anthropologist of Religion and Theologian.

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