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Published June 28, 2018 by Routledge
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This Handbook traces the history of the changing notion of what it means to die and examines the many constructions of afterlife in literature, text, ritual, and material culture throughout time. The Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising twenty-nine chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into three parts and covers the following important themes:









  • The study of dying, death, and grief






  • Disposal of the dead: past, present, and future






  • Representations of death: narratives and rhetoric






  • Youth meets death: a juxtaposition






  • Questionable deaths and afterlives: suicide, ghosts, and avatars






  • Material corpses and imagined afterlives around the world






Within these sections, central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: the world of death and dying from various cultural viewpoints and timeframes, cultural and social constructions of the definition of death, disposal practices, and views of the afterlife.





The Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Study of Dying, Death and Grief: An Overview



Chapter 1: Introduction by Candi K. Cann



Chapter 2: State of the Field of Death in the United States by George E. Dickinson



Chapter 3: Brain Death and the Politics of Religion by Donald Joralemon



Chapter 4: Understanding Grief: Theoretical Perspectives by Kenneth J. Doka



Part II: Disposal of the Dead: Past, Present and Future



Chapter 5: Symbolizing Imperial Affiliation in Death: Case Studies from the Inka Empire (AD 1400-1532) by Colleen Zori



Chapter 6: The Romanian Orthodox Church and Issues of Cremation by Marius Rotar



Chapter 7: Reframing Sites of the Dead in Brazil by Renato Cymbalista & Aline Silva Santos



Chapter 8: Stand By Me: The Fear of Solitary Death and the Need for Social Bonds in Contemporary Japan by Chikako Ozawa-de-Silva



Chapter 9: Politics of Death and Mortuary Rituals in Trinidadian Hinduism by Priyanka Ramlakhan



Chapter 10: The Right to be Dead: Designing Future Cemeteries by Jakob Borrits Sabra & John Troyer



Part III: Representations of Death: Narratives and Rhetoric



Chapter 11: Post-Mortem (2010): Saint Salvador Allende and Historical Autopsy by Moisés Park



Chapter 12: Mourning Deaths and Constructing Afterlives in the Red Army at War by Steven G. Jug



Chapter 13: Corpses That Preach: Óscar Romero and the Martyred Priests of El Salvador by Mandy Rodgers-Gates



Chapter 14: Photographing Human Finitude: Philosophical Reflections on Photographs of Death by Mathew A. Crawford



Chapter 15: De Imago to Word: The Exile of the Dead from Parish Symbolism in Reformation England by Lacy K. Crocker Papadakis



Part IV: Youth Meets Death: A Juxtaposition



Chapter 16: The Comprehension of Death and Afterlife in Children by Ramiro Tau



Chapter 17: The Effects of Parental Death on Religiosity within an American Context by Renae Wilkinson



Chapter 18: Ashes to Ashes: Continuing Bonds in Young Adulthood in the Netherlands by Renske Visser



Part V: Questionable Deaths and Afterlives: Suicide, Ghosts & Avatars



Chapter 19: Exeunt: The Question of Suicide at the Origin of Early Christianity by Michael J. Thate



Chapter 20: How Not to Become A Ghost: Tales of Female Suicide Martyrs in Sixteenth-Century Vietnamese 'Transmissions of Marvels' (truyền kỳ) by Cuong T. Mai



Chapter 21: The Cat Came Back: Revenant Pets and the Paranormal Everyday by Sara Knox



Chapter 22: From Ancestors to Avatars: Transfiguring the Afterlife by Jenny Huberman



Part VI: Material Corpses and Imagined Afterlives Around the World



Chapter 23: From the Underworld of Yama to the Island of Gems: Concepts of Afterlife in Hinduism by June McDaniel



Chapter 24: A Broad Survey of Zulu Ancestor Veneration and the Challenges it Faces by Radikobo Ntsimane



Chapter 25: Death and Life in a Pluralistic Society: Boundary-Making and Boundary-Crossing in Sino-Burmese-Tibetan Borderlands by Keping Wu



Chapter 26: Viking Death: Pre-Christian Rites of Passage and Funerary Feasting by Davide Zori



Chapter 27: Death, Resurrection and the World to Come: Jewish Views on Death and Afterlife by Nicholas R. Werse



Chapter 28: The Afterlife and Death: An Islamic Perspective by David Oualaalou



Chapter 29: Coffins, Candles, and Cameras—Aspects

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Biography

Candi K. Cann is an Associate Professor of Religion in the Honors College at Baylor University, USA.