New PDF release: A brief history of death

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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Accordingly the ‘death’ of the child is, in a sense, socially marked and noted through some form of ritual whereas in the past it might even have been treated as unnamed ‘biological waste’. It is as though the child is given a life, albeit for a moment, despite the fact of its death. Here the will and desire of 40 Parting’s Sweet Sorrow the parents come to a kind of fruition despite the biological realities of the case. Changing expectations in developed societies now assume that children will not die in infancy and, very largely, that parents will die before their children.

Another aspect of the psychology of death concerns the fear of death but this, as chapter 7 shows, brings psychology into close relationship with other social sciences as well as with theology and philosophy in the very difficult task of seeing how different kinds of influences are at work in different societies. Humanist and secular views of death will also be given appropriate attention throughout the book and while these are not what might be regarded as distinct academic methods of study they are closely related to numerous disciplines and are important as views of contemporary life.

In religious terms, too, there are those who speak of experiences that are not dissimilar in that they are in a love relationship with God and are aware of this in deeply personal terms. The popular love songs of the world at large become the devotional hymns and songs that now frame the believer’s identity in a very special way. Both historically and today, this highly charged personal awareness of a special link with the divine extending beyond death has been influential upon society. It comes to sharpest focus, perhaps, in martyrs.

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