Ultimate Ambiguities: Investigating Death and Liminality

Periods of transition are often symbolically associated with death, making the latter the paradigm of liminality. Yet, many volumes on death in the social sciences and humanities do not specifically address liminality. This book investigates these "ultimate ambiguities," assuming they can...

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Contributors: Berger, Peter (Editor) ; Kroesen, Justin (Editor)
Format: Electronic Book
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Published: New York, NY [publisher not identified] 2015
Edition:1st edition
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Summary:Periods of transition are often symbolically associated with death, making the latter the paradigm of liminality. Yet, many volumes on death in the social sciences and humanities do not specifically address liminality. This book investigates these "ultimate ambiguities," assuming they can pose a threat to social relationships because of the disintegrating forces of death, but they are also crucial periods of creativity, change, and emergent aspects of social and religious life. Contributors explore death and liminality from an interdisciplinary perspective and present a global range of historical and contemporary case studies outlining emotional, cognitive, artistic, social, and political implications
List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- Peter Berger -- PART I: RITUALS -- Chapter 1. The Ambiguity of Mortal Remains, Substitute Bodies, and other Materializations of the Dead among the Garo of Northeast India -- Erik de Maaker -- Chapter 2. Structures and Processes of Liminality: The Shape of Mourning among the Sora of Tribal India -- Piers Vitebsky -- Chapter 3. Liminal Bodies, Liminal Food: Hindu and Tribal Death Rituals Compared -- Peter Berger -- Chapter 4. The Liminality of "Living Martyrdom": Suicide Bombers' Preparations for Paradise -- Pieter G. T. Nanninga -- PART II: CONCEPTS -- Chapter 5. Disappearance and Liminality: Argentina's Mourning of State Terror -- Antonius C.G.M. Robben -- Chapter 6. Three Dimensions of Liminality in the Context of Kyrgyz Death Rituals -- Roland Hardenberg -- Chapter 7. Death, Ritual, and Effervescence -- Peter Berger -- PART III: IMAGERIES -- Chapter 8. Hungry Ghost or Divine Soul? Post-Mortem Initiation in Medieval Shaiva Tantric Death Rites -- Nina Mirnig -- Chapter 9. Between Death and Judgement: Sleep as the Image of Death in Early Modern Protestantism -- Justin Kroesen and Jan R. Luth -- Chapter 10. Body and Soul Between Death and Funeral in Archaic Greece -- Jan N. Bremmer -- Chapter 11. Death, Memory and Liminality. Rethinking Lampedusa's Later Life as Author and Aristocrat -- Yme B. Kuiper -- Notes on Contributors --
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ISBN:1782386106