By Douglas Davies
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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But, not all societies have held strong beliefs in an afterlife; indeed, Gilgamesh with his this-worldly realism contrasts markedly with Egypt’s extensive architecture, priesthoods and theology of the 22 Journey Beyond afterlife. Some, as with Judaism, have even managed to combine the two and have changed with time. Today, much is changing as people interpret the world in increasingly diverse ways, and such changes affect the way we approach death. Journey Beyond 23 Chapter 2 Parting’s Sweet Sorrow If Gilgamesh takes us to the earliest days of written accounts of human grief, the mummies of Chile take us even further back in their ritual treatment of the dead.
Relationships, Death and Destiny It is through human relationships that we come to a sense of our identity and through their loss that we come to know grief. In traditional terms, it has also been through membership in religious groups possessing some relationship with deity that people have gained a sense of salvation or have feared damnation if that bond breaks. Control of the afterlife has typiﬁed many religious cultures and empowered its gatekeepers. Those who held a true faith and practised it according to prescribed forms would obtain beneﬁts in life after death.
Often it is the importance of the quality of time for relationships with others that now dawns on them; indeed, the very idea of ‘quality time’ and the ‘quality of life’ is thrown into sharp relief by death or the threat of death. The interconnectedness of identity, work and relationships makes it possible to speak of the loss of a wide variety of ‘things’ as a kind of ‘bereavement’. Enforced unemployment, along with some kinds of divorce following the ‘death’ of a marriage, has led some to liken these experiences to grief reactions (Burns 1989).
A brief history of death by Douglas Davies