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Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, Constructivism and Near-death Experience

Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, Constructivism and Near-death Experience (Paperback)

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Gregory Shushan challenges post-modern scholarly attitudes concerning cross-cultural comparisons in the study of religions. In an original and innovative piece of comparative research, he analyses afterlife conceptions in five ancient civilisations (Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt, Sumerian and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia, Vedic India, pre-Buddhist China, and pre-Columbian Mesoamerica). These are considered in light of historical and contemporary reports of near-death experiences, and shamanic afterlife 'journeys'. Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations is a significant study, for it presents a comprehensive new comparative framework for the cross-cultural study of myth and religion, while at the same time providing a fascinating exploration of the interface between belief and experience.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsAncient religions & mythologiesReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionTheology Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 20/10/2011 ISBN-13: 9781441130884  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Gavin Flood is Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the author of An Introduction to Hinduism (CUP 2004). Gregory Shushan is Perrott-Warrick Researcher at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford, UK.

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