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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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In traditional terms, it has also been through membership in religious groups possessing some relationship with deity that people have gained a sense of salvation or have feared damnation if that bond breaks. Control of the afterlife has typified many religious cultures and empowered its gatekeepers. Those who held a true faith and practised it according to prescribed forms would obtain benefits in life after death. In the early centuries of Christianity, when doctrine was being established, creeds came to be particularly important as formulations of accurate belief and as means of identifying group members.

One key element of the emotional energy motivating the human search to know more about our world is the sense of hope – that attitude towards the future which anticipates greater knowledge and a wider explanatory vision. There is an optimism in hope that fosters human endeavour in a committed search for solutions to problems even when they may appear insoluble. Hope makes it more likely that individuals or societies will overcome adverse situations to survive today and be even more prepared to face adversity in the future.

One interesting aspect of bereavement is related to the increasing life-span of people in Parting’s Sweet Sorrow 39 developed societies. From humanity’s earliest days, mothers and family groups were accustomed to the death of many infants to the point, in some contexts, of not even according babies anything like a social identity until they were months, even years old. Not possessing a name, a baby would not receive a ritualized funeral if it died. This was true, to a degree, within European societies until well into the twentieth century, at least as far as newly born or stillborn babies were concerned.

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