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By Douglas Davies

ISBN-10: 1405101822

ISBN-13: 9781405101820

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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Identity and Religions A sense of destiny is, perhaps, one of the strongest expressions of a sense of identity that is available to an individual. It is made even stronger when their community also reckons to possess a divine calling. At one level identity’s power can be seen when two people fall in love with each other and express what has happened to them through the language of destiny. A very large number of popular songs root themselves in the language of a love that will last forever. In religious terms, too, there are those who speak of experiences that are not dissimilar in that they are in a love relationship with God and are aware of this in deeply personal terms.

Theological views of death provide one of the most extensive avenues of approach, largely because religions have provided the major means for dealing with death in human societies. Each major religion of the world possesses its own set of theologies or formal reflections upon the idea of the divine and of divine–human relationships. The whole issue of death-conquest has been a dominant concern in Christianity, with its notion of the resurrection from the dead, as also in parts of Judaism and in Islam.

It comes to sharpest focus, perhaps, in martyrs. While it is not easy to understand one’s own mind let alone anyone else’s, it is especially hard for many, for whom life itself is the dominant concern, to see how people 36 Parting’s Sweet Sorrow can wish to die for their religion. Much has been made in the opening years of the twenty-first century about Islam and ‘Islamic Fundamentalists’ engaging in what many non-Muslims see as acts of terrorism against what is perceived as western, morally corrupted, Christian capitalism.

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