Patterns of Transcendence: Religion, Death, and Dying

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Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2002 - Religion - 262 pages
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This cross-cultural text examines social, religious, and cultural approaches to death and dying across Eastern and Western cultures and religious traditions. Organization of the book begins with an examination of death and dying among non-literate peoples in different parts of the world, then covers Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Japanese approaches, Western patterns of transcendence (ancient Middle East, Judaic, Christian, and Islamic), and concludes with a chapter on death and dying in contemporary America. It discusses four patterns of transcendence: ancestral, experiential, cultural, and mythic.

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Death and Religious Practices
27
INDIGENOUS TRANSCENDENCE
41
African Ancestors
53
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David Chidester is Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, author of "Christianity: A Global History "(2000), "Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa "(1996), and "Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown "(revised edition, 2003), and coeditor of "American Sacred Space "(1995). "Savage Systems "and "Salvation and Suicide "are winners of the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Religious Studies.

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