Death Ritual and Belief
Describing a great variety of funeral rituals 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 growth of afterlife beliefs. The...
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Describing a great variety of funeral rituals 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 growth of afterlife beliefs. The key theme of this book is the rhetoric of death - the way cultures use the most potent weapon of words to bring new power to life. Human identity and its transformation through mortuary rites are explored through the mummies of Chile and Egypt, African sacrificial deaths, Indian cremations, immigrant cemeteries in the USA, ancestor rites in Eastern religions and in Mormonism and the freezing of the dead in cryonics.
Douglas Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at the University of Durham. His numerous books on death and other aspects of Religious Studies reflect his skills as both an anthropologist of religion and a theologian
Douglas James Davies, PhD., (University of Nottingham) M.Litt, D.Litt (Oxon) is Professor in the Study of Religion in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. He is an authority in the history, theology and sociology of death. His fields of expertise also include anthropology, the study of religion, the rituals and beliefs surrounding funerary rites and cremation around the globe, and Mormonism. His research interests cover identity and belief, and Anglican leadership.
His published works include The Theology of Death, 2008, A Brief History of Death, 2005, Encyclopedia of Cremation, editor, 2005, An Introduction to Mormonism, 2003, Anthropology and Theology, 2002, Death, Ritual and Belief, 2002, Modern Christianity: Reviewing its Place in Britain Today, 2000, The Mormon Culture of Salvation, 2000, and Private Passions: Betraying Discipleship on the Journey to Jerusalem, 2000.
- Symbols, Death And Dying; Rituals And Corpses; Soul, Ethics And Destiny; Ancestors And Identity; Ghosts, Purity And The Influential Dead; Theories Of Grief; Memorials; Sacrifice, Violence And Conquest; The Death Of Jesus And Christianity; Death, Grief And The Birth Of Religions.