Death, Ritual, and Belief: The Rhetoric of Funerary Rites by Douglas J. DaviesDeath, Ritual, and Belief: The Rhetoric of Funerary Rites by Douglas J. Davies

Death, Ritual, and Belief: The Rhetoric of Funerary Rites

byDouglas J. Davies

Paperback | April 30, 2002

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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.
Title:Death, Ritual, and Belief: The Rhetoric of Funerary RitesFormat:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 2002Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0826454844

ISBN - 13:9780826454843

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Interpreting death rites 2 Coping with corpses: impurity, fertility and fear 3 Theories of grief 4 Sacrifice, violence and conquest 5 Eastern destiny and death 6 Ancestors cemeteries and local identities 7 Jewish and Islamic destinies 8 Christianity and Offending Death 9 Symbolic death and rebirth 10 Somewhere to die 11 Souls and the presence of the dead 12 Pet and animal death 13 Book, film and building 14 Death, and the birth of religions 15 Secular death and life

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"Professor Douglas Davies' perceptive and thought-provoking book... provides a rich framework in which to consider the perennial questions of the human response to death. From this book, the fruit of wide-ranging research and reading, it is clear that Professor Davies has established himself as one of the leading writers in an increasingly important field." --Geoffrey Rowell, The Tablet