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Death and funeral rites at Romanians and other peoples

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Fear, revolt, hope, resignation and other such feelings are, in fact, symptoms of the inability of the human spirit to assimilate, in his biography that carries the vocation of eternity, the unnatural and absurd reality of death. Viewed from this perspective, the history of humanity is a summation of all conscious or unconscious attempts of man - which is said to be the only creature he can think of at his own death - to understand, to give meaning, to assume or , on the contrary, to evade death. From megaliths to skyscrapers, from the ocher of prehistoric times to contemporary cryogenics, from the philosophies of the ancients to the asceticism of the wilderness, all are efforts to overcome death or temporality and personal or collective eternity. From the wide range of rites, rituals and practices that emanate from different conceptions of death, Father Adrian Zaharia stops at the Romanian...

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Fear, revolt, hope, resignation and other such feelings are, in fact, symptoms of the inability of the human spirit to assimilate, in his biography that carries the vocation of eternity, the unnatural and absurd reality of death. Viewed from this perspective, the history of humanity is a summation of all conscious or unconscious attempts of man - which is said to be the only creature he can think of at his own death - to understand, to give meaning, to assume or , on the contrary, to evade death. From megaliths to skyscrapers, from the ocher of prehistoric times to contemporary cryogenics, from the philosophies of the ancients to the asceticism of the wilderness, all are efforts to overcome death or temporality and personal or collective eternity. From the wide range of rites, rituals and practices that emanate from different conceptions of death, Father Adrian Zaharia stops at the Romanian space, using with predilection a comparative method that creates, through the terms of comparison, a time arc and a spatial coverage that goes from the ancient Egyptians, Vedic Indians, Jews, Chinese, Turks, etc. to the contemporary Romanian village. Without getting lost in this huge universe of funeral practices and using the tools of different sciences, such as ethnology, anthropology, theology and the history of religions, the author prefers a poantilist approach: select, decompose, individualize, analyze, interpret and join in a coherent, unitary image, elements so far apart in time and space. a time arc and a spatial coverage that goes from the ancient Egyptians, Vedic Indians, Jews, Chinese, Turks and so on. to the contemporary Romanian village. Without getting lost in this huge universe of funeral practices and using the tools of different sciences, such as ethnology, anthropology, theology and the history of religions, the author prefers a poantilist approach: select, decompose, individualize, analyze, interpret and join in a coherent, unitary image, elements so far apart in time and space. a time arc and a spatial coverage that goes from the ancient Egyptians, Vedic Indians, Jews, Chinese, Turks and so on. to the contemporary Romanian village. Without getting lost in this huge universe of funeral practices and using the tools of different sciences, such as ethnology, anthropology, theology and the history of religions, the author prefers a poantilist approach: select, decompose, individualize, analyze, interpret and join in a coherent, unitary image, elements so far apart in time and space.

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Constantin Iulian Damian

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Collection: 
Episteme
Publishing date: 
2020
Pages: 
314
ISBN: 
9786066668903
Cover type: 
broșată
Format: 
16,5 x 23 cm
Color: 
monocrom

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