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By Douglas Davies

ISBN-10: 1405101822

ISBN-13: 9781405101820

Акт самой смерти и ритуалы окружающие ее чрезвычайно различны и проливают свет на культуры, частью которых они являются. В этой краткой и живой истории Дуглас Дэйвис - международно признанный ведущим экспертом в этой области - рассматривает некоторые из самых существенных аспектов смерти и складывает их в незабываемую историю наших отношений к смерти.Темы книги: Смерть - психологические аспекты; Смерть - религиозные аспекты; Смерть - социальные аспекты; Смерть в искусстве


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We will explore this, in particular, in chapters 4, 6 and 8. Journey Beyond 13 Traditional Futures So, for much of the past, as probably for the majority in the present, death relates to human identity as only part of a worldview, for beliefs exist to lead people beyond death. Hope impels human identity and opposes death. Hope’s underlying drive for meaning sees through an inadequate world to a higher vantage point and, in so doing, invokes ideas of change and mystery, of a sense of movement into new possibilities.

And this in communities where, once the first year of high mortality rate is ignored, the average life expectancy was about 24, with most living between 15 and 30 years of age, but with some exceeding 40 years. In what were relatively small communities of what we would now consider young people it seems as though the group was extended by the inclusion of the dead. 24 Parting’s Sweet Sorrow These mummies gave anthropologist Bernardo Arriaza, who helped excavate them, both ‘a feeling of continuity with the past’ and a ‘realization that all humans, past and present, share the suffering cause by the loss of a loved one’ (Arriaza 1995: xiii).

While individuals may have completely disbelieved in any such thing, it has been exceptional for any society not to have held to such a view. Amongst the major exceptions are societies following communist ideology, as we see in chapter 3. While countries such as Africa, India, South America and, to a large extent, the USA possess large numbers of people with strong traditional religious belief and are likely to maintain a variety of traditional, Hindu, Christian and Islamic views of life after death, the ongoing nature of secular thought in Europe and parts of the developed world is likely to shift the place of death within human experience.

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