Death, Ritual, and Belief: The Rhetoric of Funerary Rites
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.
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Impurity Fertility and Fear
3 Theories of Grief
4 Violence Sacrifice and Conquest
5 Eastern Destiny and Death
6 Ancestors Cemeteries and Local Identity
7 Jewish and Islamic Destinies
8 Christianity and the Death of Jesus
9 NearDeath Symbolic Death and Rebirth
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afterlife amongst ancestors animals anthropologist argued ashes aspects associated become belief bereavement Bloch’s body Britain British British Humanist Association Buddhist burial buried cemeteries cent Chapter Christian church concerned contemporary context corpse cremated remains crematoria cultures D. J. Davies death rites deceased described Dinka dying emotion emphasize especially euthanasia example existence express fact fact of death focused Freud funeral rites funerary rites grave grief groups human idea identity important increasingly individual interpreted involved issue Jesus kind living major memory modern Mormon mortuary mummification nature near-death experience particular performative utterance period pet death popular post-modernity practice psychological realm rebounding violence reflects reincarnation relationship relatively religion religious response resurrection rhetoric ritual sacrifice salvation secular sense shamanism significance social society sociological soul speak spiritual status stress stupa symbolic theological theory tomb traditional transcendence twentieth century words against death Zoroastrians