Death, Ritual, and Belief

Death, Ritual, and Belief

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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.These pyramids were a form of architectural protection of the rich dead, including the special grave presents and gifts for the dead to ... Here, words against death are set very firmly in writing, in stone, and upon the physical bodies of the dead.

Title:Death, Ritual, and Belief
Author:Douglas Davies
Publisher:A&C Black - 2002-04-30


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