Karma and Rebirth: A Cross Cultural Study

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 2006 - Karma - 448 pages
With Karma and Rebirth: A Cross Cultural Study on the very first comparison of rebirth concepts across a wide range of cultures. Exploring in rich detail the beliefs of small scale indigenous societies of West Africa, Melanesia, and North America, Obeyesekere compares their ideas with those of the ancient and modern Indic civilizations and with the Greek rebirth theories of Pythagoras, Empedocles, Pindar and Plato. His groundbreaking and authoritiative discussion decenters the popular notion that India was the origin and locus of ideas of rebirth.
 

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Contents

NonIndic Theories of Rebirth
19
Rebirth Desire and the Return of the Dead
50
The Imaginary Experiment and the Buddhist Implications
72
The Buddhist Ascesis
150
Eschatology and Soteriology in Greek Rebirth
190
Rebirth and Reason
249
Notes
361
Bibliography
413
Index
429
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