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 / Hardcover

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This expanded edition of DEATH, RITUAL, AND BELIEF also includes several significant developments. These various developments extend the essential argument of the first edition with its stress on words against death expressed through a great variety of human responses to death, whether in ritual, belifef, art or architecture.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Continuum International
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9.5 X 6.25 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0826454836
ISBN-13: 9780826454836

Publisher's Description

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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