Patterns of Transcendence: Religion, Death, and Dying
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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Abraham achieved African afterlife Ahura Mazda ancestor worship ancestors ancestral transcendence ancient animal art of dying atman Bardo Thodol became biological Buddha forms Buddha nature Buddhaghosa burial cemetery Christian consciousness continued corpse cultural transcendence cycle Dante Dante's dead death and dying death rituals deceased desire developed died Divine Comedy Dreamtime earth emotions Enkidu eternal expected experience experiential transcendence final funeral Gilgamesh gods grief heaven hell Hindu history of religions hospice imagined immortality Islamic Jesus Jewish judgment kachinas karma liberation light living loka London Ma'at meditation memory mortality mourning mystical mythic transcendence myths nirvana process of dying punishment purgatory Qur'an rebirth reborn regarded reincarnation religious traditions resurrection rites ritual practices sacred sacrifice shaman sins social society soul spirit Sufi symbolized Taoist thought Tibetan Buddhist tion totem Trans transcend death transcendence of death underworld University Press Utnapishtim Vedic vision warrior York Zoroastrian