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Death and Afterlife: Perspectives of World Religions

Death and Afterlife: Perspectives of World Religions (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Obayashi, Hiroshi

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Major religious traditions of the world contain perspectives of perennial importance on the topic of death and afterlife. Such concepts and beliefs are not only reflected directly in mortuary and funerary practices, but also inform patterns of beliefs and rituals that shape human... lifestyles. Though evidenced in sacred texts, they cannot be fully understood in isolation by textual study alone. Rather, they must be explored in terms of a comprehensive understanding of the given religious system as rooted in an overall culture. Here 13 scholars, each a specialist in a particular religious tradition, outline the beliefs, myths, and practices relating to death and afterlife. The volume introduction provides a framework for understanding the evolutionary relationships among world religions and the unity as well as the diversity of their quest for overcoming death. Part 1 comprises chapters on African religions representing the nonliterate religious experience and on ancient religions of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. Studies of these religions serve as background for comprehending concepts relating to death and afterlife in the major world religions, which are dealt with in Part 2, on Western religions, and Part 3, on Eastern religions. The particular method of approach to each tradition is determined by the nature of the material. With death and afterlife as the common focus, this group of scholars has brought to bear its diverse expertise in anthropology, classics, archaeology, biblical studies, history, and theology. The result is a text for comparative religious courses and, beyond that, a book aiming to extend our understanding of human thoughts and aspirations. It offers a global perspective from which an individual can ponder his or her own personal issues concerning death and afterlife.
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ISBN 9780275941048
Released NZ 30 Nov 1991
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Contributions to the Study of Religion (part: No 33)
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ISBN-13 9780275941048
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Status Available at publisher; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint Praeger Publishers
Released 30 Nov 1991
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Obayashi, Hiroshi
Series Contributions to the Study of Religion (part: No 33)
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Religion: General
Death & Dying: Social Aspects
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 291.23;291.23
Weight 376g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Death, Religious aspects, Comparative studies, Future life
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text College/higher education