A Brief History of Death
By (author) Douglas Davies
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Brief History of Death by Douglas Davies
Book DescriptionThe act of death itself and the rituals surrounding it vary enormously and shed a fascinating light on the cultures of which they are a part. In this brief and lively history, Douglas Davies -- internationally acknowledged as one of the leading experts in this field -- tackles some of the most significant aspects of death and weaves them into a compelling story about our changing attitudes to dying. * Offers a fascinating examination of this subject which is of enduring interest in every culture in the world * Considers the profound influence death has had on subjects ranging from philosophy to anthropology, through to art, literature, and music -- inspiring some of our most enduring artistic highpoints * Broaches some of the most significant aspects of death, such as the act of dying, grieving, burial, artistic interpretations of death, places of memory, the fear of death, and disasters/tragedies * Weaves these numerous approaches to death into a compelling story about our changing attitudes to dying * Contains several illustrations, and is written in an accessible and lively style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405101837
(215mm x 144mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Douglas Davies
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From the 1990s the British developed an interest in natural burial, also known as woodland, green, or eco-logical burial. This book offers an exploration of traditional and emerging spiritualities of life and death in light of natural burial and other innovations in bodily disposal.
Child Development, Hardback (September 2010)
Presents an overview of developmental theory and research, with a focus on what practitioners need to know. This title explains how children's trajectories are shaped by transactions among early relationships, brain development, and the social environment.
Theology of Death, Hardback (July 2008)
Seeks to establish several schemes of death theology related, for example, to early Christianity's Jewish cultural milieu, to belief in Christ's resurrection and to Christology, to issues of millennial belief and to an emergent liturgical practice. This book also takes up several contemporary models of the theology of death.
Death, Religion and Belief, Paperback (April 2002)» View all books by Douglas Davies
Describing a great variety of funeral rituals 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 growth of afterlife beliefs.
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Author Biography - Douglas Davies
Douglas J. Davies is a Professor in the Department of Theology at Durham University. He is widely acknowledged as one of the worlda s leading experts in the history, theology and sociology of death. His books include: Anthropology and Theology (2002); Death, Ritual and Belief, Second edition (2001); Themes and Issues in Christianity (1998); Transforming Mormon Identities (1998); Reusing Old Graves (1995); and Church and Religion in Rural England (1991). He has also published a large number of articles on death, and contemporary Christianity.
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