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Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, Constructivism and Near-Death Experience (Gregory Shushan Gavin Flood) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2009) 9780826440730
Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, Constructivism and Near-Death Experience (Gregory Shushan Gavin Flood) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2009) 9780826440730
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Title: Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, Constructivism and Near-Death Experience

Author: Shushan, Gregory Gavin Flood

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780826440730

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

List Price in Cloth: $130.00 Our price: $103.99

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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.Table Of ContentsForeword by Gavin FloodAcknowledgementsAbbreviations of Primary SourcesIntroductionPart I: Theory and Methodology in Concept and Application1. Comparison, Universalism, and the Rehabilitation of the Comparative "Similar"2. Early Civilizations, Contact, Diffusion, and Cultural Continuity3. Near-Death ExperiencePart II: Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations4. Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt5. Sumerian and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia6. Vedic India7. Pre-Buddhist China8. Pre-Columbian MesoamericaPart III: Universalism and Culture-Specificity: An Interdisciplinary Approach9. Analysis of Similarities and Differences10. The Interface of Conception and Experience11. Alternative and Supplementary Theories12. Conclusions: Theoretical Eclecticism and A New Comparative FrameworkReferencesIndex
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