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By Douglas Davies

Акт самой смерти и ритуалы окружающие ее чрезвычайно различны и проливают свет на культуры, частью которых они являются. В этой краткой и живой истории Дуглас Дэйвис - международно признанный ведущим экспертом в этой области - рассматривает некоторые из самых существенных аспектов смерти и складывает их в незабываемую историю наших отношений к смерти.Темы книги: Смерть - психологические аспекты; Смерть - религиозные аспекты; Смерть - социальные аспекты; Смерть в искусстве


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His broad survey is invaluable but always needs to be complemented by detailed analyses of particular countries as, for example, in John Wolffe’s study of patterns of grieving in Great Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (2000). He showed how the deaths and funerals of famous solders, politicians and royalty affected the nation and helped frame the experience of ordinary individuals in their own domestic grief. Philosophical approaches to death tend to reflect their own cultural background to a great extent and argue over the ways in Journey Beyond 17 which human self-consciousness can or should respond to the fact of death.

Moreover, although death is our future, it often takes time for that realization to dawn upon us. Here, as in many parts of this book, I am forced to generalize, knowing how dangerous and misleading that can be; yet, to make as broad a commentary as possible I am going to assume that death faces us in four ways, as (a) personal grief, (b) the death of others, (c) personal death awareness and (d) our actual death. Each of us encounters these experiences in different ways and, often, in quite different sequences.

Such dependency fuels many minor fires of ‘loss’ while the future alone will demonstrate how it may affect the great losses of life. Yet, everything remains a question of balance. The unrelated life is impossible for human society, just as for some Buddhists the ideal life of the celibate ascetic is only open to a few if wider society is to be reproduced and nurtured at all. Identity’s Demise and Death There is much in this Buddhist world-view that holds a strong attraction in western contexts of secularization, especially in times of religious change when the place of death within human identity changes.

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