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Death and the Afterlife: A Cultural Encyclopedia Hardcover – 13 Dec 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO (13 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874369398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874369397
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,159,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strongly recommended for undergraduate collections and for public libraries supporting diverse cultural communities."

"This is not a morbid study but one that yields life-giving energy. Recommended for public and academic libraries." -

Booklist

"While this entertaining compendium will be a welcome addition to public libraries, its authoritative articles with numerous cross-references and scholarly bibliographies make it well-suited for use in academic libraries." -

Lawrence Looks at Books

"A well-written, fascinating compilation ... an excellent addition to the reference collections of colleges, seminaries, and most larger public libraries." -

American Reference Books Annual

"Strongly recommended for undergraduate collections and for public libraries supporting diverse cultural communities." -

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"A well-written, fascinating compilation ... an excellent addition to the reference collections of colleges, seminaries, and most larger public libraries." - American Reference Books Annual

"This is not a morbid study but one that yields life-giving energy. Recommended for public and academic libraries." - Booklist

"Strongly recommended for undergraduate collections and for public libraries supporting diverse cultural communities." - Choice

"While this entertaining compendium will be a welcome addition to public libraries, its authoritative articles with numerous cross-references and scholarly bibliographies make it well-suited for use in academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books

About the Author

Richard P. Taylor teaches courses on burial and the afterlife at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA and is an expert in religious studies.

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This book is not only a great account of cross-cultural beliefs on afterlife, but has also notions on how they have evolved into their modern forms, when they still exist. There are also accounts on mythological beings, relevant to understanding these beliefs of the afterlife. Each topic is covered with great objectivity, including the reference materials used for that particular topic. And not only can this book be used for cultural anthropology and psychoanalyzing humanity in relativity with the extensive accounts of beliefs on the afterlife, but topics such as necromancy and vampires, and and a vast scale of other mythical beliefs make this even a bible for anyone writing fantasy books. Five stars earned by meticulous work invested to the creation of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 16 Oct. 2005
By Marianne Betancourt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is quite simply put an amazing piece of scholarship that I just happend to pick up at used book store. I am a retired accountant and have never studied such things but was always interested in other cultures and how beliefs are different in different places of the world or in history. I can't tell you that I understand everything in here but this book taught me something important about myself and how I relate to the rest of the world. It's funny how a little book can make such a difference. Actually, the book is not little but it's such an entertaining read for those of us addicted to the History Channel, NPR and documentaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Specialty Find 9 Oct. 2004
By Lindsey Lugar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good scholarly collection of articles about death and burial rituals. We ordered this for the library after one of our high school students used it for a report. Her teacher asked us to purchase it.

If your topic is death and burial rituals, look no further. This Berkeley professor collects everything you need in a way that makes sense.

My husband, not involved in the library sciences, thinks it is strange for me to be reading this book at night. I try to read and write about all new purchases for the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent 4 Jun. 2006
By Frank Howell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from a bookseller in my area and was captivated by such diverse accounts. I have some time on my hands and I plan to explore this topic very deeply. I think I will check out everything by Professor Taylor too. This was a surprise and a treat.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it 8 Jun. 2004
By Harvey Paley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is first rate. A really terrific find from the library that I ended up purchasing on-line for a decent price. Lots of information and it's well organized. You get a good study of comparative religion by way of detailed analysis of cross-cultural and cross-religio burial ritual and ideas about the afterlife. I see that the author has co-authored another book that got a terrific review. I might go ahead and get that too. Of course, it's a specific niche topic and you should share at least a general interest before buying Death and the Afterlife: A Cultural Encyclopedia.
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