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Description - On Our Way by Robert Kastenbaum

How do our ideas about dying influence the way we live? Life has often been envisioned as a journey, the river of time carrying us inexorably toward the unknown country - and in our day we increasingly turn to myth and magic, ritual and virtual reality, cloning and cryostasis in the hope of eluding the reality of the inevitable end. In this book the author proposes a new way of understanding our last transition. A fresh exploration of the final passage through life and perhaps through death, his work interweaves historical and contemporary experiences and reflections to demonstrate that we are always on our way. Drawing on a range of observations - from psychology, anthropology, religion, biology and personal experience - Robert Kastenbaum re-envisions life's forward-looking progress, from early-childhood bedtime rituals to the many small rehearsals we stage for our final separation. Along the way he illuminates such moments and ideas as becoming a "corpsed person," going down to earth or up in flames, respecting or abusing (and eating) the dead, coping with "too many dead", conceiving and achieving a "good death", undertaking the journey of the dead, and learning to live through the scrimmage of daily life fully knowing that Eternity does not really come in a designer flask.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520218802
ISBN-10: 0520218809
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Pages: 460
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Kastenbaum

Robert Kastenbaum is Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University. He is the author of many works, including The Psychology of Death (now in its third edition, 2001), Death, Society, and Human Experience (now in its eighth edition, 2004), and Dorian, Graying: Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having? (1995).

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