Death, Religion and Belief
By (author) Douglas Davies
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Death, Religion and Belief by Douglas Davies
Book DescriptionDescribing 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826454843
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Frances Pinter Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2002
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.
Brief History of Death, Paperback (November 2004)» View all books by Douglas Davies
The 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.
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Author Biography - Douglas Davies
Douglas Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion in the University of Durham, UK. His numerous books on death and other aspects of Religious Studies reflect his combined skills both as an Anthropologist of Religion and Theologian.
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