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. 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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(215mm x 144mm x 11mm)
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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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.