Heroes and Saints: The Moment of Death in Cross-Cultural Perspectives Phyllis E. Granoff

ISBN: 9781847181602

Published: April 1st 2007

Hardcover

287 pages


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Heroes and Saints: The Moment of Death in Cross-Cultural Perspectives  by  Phyllis E. Granoff

Heroes and Saints: The Moment of Death in Cross-Cultural Perspectives by Phyllis E. Granoff
April 1st 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 287 pages | ISBN: 9781847181602 | 3.13 Mb

The present volume makes a unique contribution to the study of dying in ancient cultures by focusing on what happens in the critical moments before death. Employing a wide range of literary sources, the essays in this volume focus exclusively on theMoreThe present volume makes a unique contribution to the study of dying in ancient cultures by focusing on what happens in the critical moments before death. Employing a wide range of literary sources, the essays in this volume focus exclusively on the moment of death and practices associated with the transition from this world to the next.

Five of the essays deal with Asian religions, primarily Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, and Japan. The other five essays deal with the moment of death in the West, old Norse-Icelandic, Old English, and the Judeo-Christian tradition. The authors explore the many ways in which the good death was envisioned. Remarkable parallels emerge between the good death in religious texts and in heroic sagas .

Despite the diversity of cultures, time periods and religious traditions represented in these essays, this volume vividly illustrates the fundamental human need to see in the inevitable moment of death a possibility of choice and a promise of hope.



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