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Death as the basic condition of life and as the ultimate destiny of all men is also a decisive factor in the shaping of cultures. Death's emergence as rupture and loss, and man's reaction in the form of grief and mourning are at the core of a vast unfolding of belief systems and ritual practices which aim at dealing with this overwhelming reality coherently. Whether the hereafter, into which death leads, is seen as the radical other that either precludes the possibility of the continuation of an individual existence or the possibility of any epistemological insight, or whether it is rather seen as a continuation of existence, allowing interactions between this and that world, man is inevitably directed towards this horizon that is death.

This volume aims at surveying how various cultures (tribal, regional and pan-Indian) of South Asia come to terms with this horizon of dying, death and the dead. It combines the ethnographic point of view that stresses the social and ritual forms related to death, and the conceptual aspects which favour the idea of an agency of texts.

The contributions have been organized in three sections: the first section deals with the 'good' death, the second with 'untimely' or 'extraordinary' death and the third focuses on the interpretation of the theme of death in textual traditions and on how death is portrayed in various cultural performances.

About the Author

Elisabeth Schombucher (1954) got her Ph.D. in 1984 from Heidelberg University. Claus Peter Zoller studied Classical and Modern Indology, and Germanic philology in Tubingen and Heidelberg.

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Ways of Dying- Death and Its Meanings In South Asia

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2020
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About The Book

Death as the basic condition of life and as the ultimate destiny of all men is also a decisive factor in the shaping of cultures. Death's emergence as rupture and loss, and man's reaction in the form of grief and mourning are at the core of a vast unfolding of belief systems and ritual practices which aim at dealing with this overwhelming reality coherently. Whether the hereafter, into which death leads, is seen as the radical other that either precludes the possibility of the continuation of an individual existence or the possibility of any epistemological insight, or whether it is rather seen as a continuation of existence, allowing interactions between this and that world, man is inevitably directed towards this horizon that is death.

This volume aims at surveying how various cultures (tribal, regional and pan-Indian) of South Asia come to terms with this horizon of dying, death and the dead. It combines the ethnographic point of view that stresses the social and ritual forms related to death, and the conceptual aspects which favour the idea of an agency of texts.

The contributions have been organized in three sections: the first section deals with the 'good' death, the second with 'untimely' or 'extraordinary' death and the third focuses on the interpretation of the theme of death in textual traditions and on how death is portrayed in various cultural performances.

About the Author

Elisabeth Schombucher (1954) got her Ph.D. in 1984 from Heidelberg University. Claus Peter Zoller studied Classical and Modern Indology, and Germanic philology in Tubingen and Heidelberg.

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