By appealing to the evolved cognitive architecture of human minds, this book argues that ritualized disposal behavior is the by-product of mental systems designed to handle living people.
Author: William W. McCorkle, Jr.
Publisher: Peter Lang
Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased traces mortuary behavior from the early fossil record to modern religious contexts in diverse cultural settings. By using archival and ethnographic evidence from Buddhist traditions, the author highlights the disparity between doctrines that contradict actual practices performed by Buddhists themselves. By appealing to the evolved cognitive architecture of human minds, this book argues that ritualized disposal behavior is the by-product of mental systems designed to handle living people. Due to complex social intelligence, humans are compelled to handle dead people in ritualized behaviors and to represent them in counterintuitive ways. The author also examines the professional religious guilds that have taken advantage of these ritualized compulsions over the last several thousand years, by giving and controlling the meanings behind these actions. Furthermore, experimental evidence is given to support this hypothesis, providing the first mature cognitive and evolutionary theory for mortuary behavior by humans.
Such fragmented patterns enable mobility and visibility to both the living and the dead who may now accompany them. ... We noted, however, that some
communities feared the dead and that ritualizing disposal was important in order
Author: Glennys Howarth
This stimulating new book provides a sophisticated introduction to the key issues in the sociology of death and dying. In recent years, the social sciences have seen an upsurge of interest in death and dying. The fascination with death is reflected in popular media such as newspapers, television documentaries, films and soaps, and, moreover, in the multiplying range of professional roles associated with dying and death. Yet despite its ubiquitous significance, the majority of texts in the field have been written primarily for health professionals. This book breaks with that tradition. It provides a cutting edge, comprehensive discussion of the key topics in death and dying and in so doing demonstrates that the study of mortality is germane to all areas of sociology. The book is organised thematically, utilising empirical material from cross-national and cross-cultural perspectives. It carefully addresses questions about social attitudes to mortality, the social nature of death and dying, explanations for change and diversity in approaches, and traditional, modern and postmodern experiences of death. Death and Dying will appeal to students across the social sciences, as well as professionals whose work brings them into contact with dying or bereaved people.
There were other aspects to the Colonial funeral in addition to the ritualized disposal of the dead . Food and shelter were provided to relatives and friends
who had traveled various distances to be in attendance . This usually turned out
to be a ...
Religion generally sanitary disposal.10 Practices for the provides a ritualized
solution to the sanitary disposal of the dead body inherently transitory problems
created have been developed universally and by death . Firth explains , “
The rite of transition symbolically expressed the ambivalent liminal stage of the deceased where it is betwixt , and between ... Gone are the days when death and
the ritualized disposal of the corpse conveyed any sense of awe , the feeling of ...
On the other hand , there was more to the colonial funeral than the ritualized disposal of the dead . The liberal use of intoxicating liquors at funerals prevailed
in every settlement in the colonies • In 1797 , at the funeral of Calie Dawes in
Not only is the actual disposal Ambivalence Toward the Dead . - Almost all
authorities more or less ritualized , at times even very elaborately so , but it is
have commented on the basic ambivalence underlying death cusalso
surrounded by a ...
The highly ritualized disposal of the dead by cremation was discontinued ,
probably because the priesthood charged with its supervision no longer
functional and the vast numbers of often casual inhumations be - gan to be made
in the ruins of ...
... and Dead Machines Evolutionary Anthropology of Death and Burial William W.
McCorkle , Jr. Archaeologists speculate that humans between forty thousand and
a hundred fifty thousand years ago disposed of dead bodies in ritualized ways ...
Author: Joseph Abdul Bulbulia
The Evolution of Religion is a unique transdisciplinary volume that gathers the latest research, debates, and programmatic visions of scholars studying religion from an evolutionary perspective. Anyone interested in the relationship of evolutionary science to religion will find insight and inspiration in this striking collection of fifty short essays from a diverse group of renowned international scolars. Here, God meets Darwin, and the conversation that ensues provides fascinating reading for those seeking to make sense of religion's place in nature.
Author: International Association for the History of Religions. CongressPublish On: 2011
Finally , ritualized behaviours toward dead bodies are especially salient in
modeling the cognitive architecture of ... THE MENTAL CULTURE OF DEAD
AGENTS Humans throughout history and across culture have disposed of dead
bodies in ...
Author: International Association for the History of Religions. Congress
Statement and acknowledgements -- Welcome and announcements -- Introductory information -- Congress committees -- The academic program -- Formal meetings of the IAHR -- The Congress Director's general report of the XXth IAHR Congress -- The Congress Administrator's statistical report -- Abstracts of papers for the XXth IAHR Congress -- Alphabetic list of all Congress participants.
This book takes a critical glance at the ritualized practices of death—corpse preparation, disposal, and aesthetic representation—and examines the workings of aesthetics that shape corpses, as well as the ways in which corpses spill ...
Author: Jacqueline Elam
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Social Science
This book takes a critical glance at the ritualized practices of death—corpse preparation, disposal, and aesthetic representation—and examines the workings of aesthetics that shape corpses, as well as the ways in which corpses spill over, resisting aestheticization.
diversity in how people to deal ritually with their dead ; what different
interpretations they give to their actions ; how ... but by several ways of disposal of the dead , and that variation in these ways of disposal indicates differences in
social status ...
Author: Liv Nilsson Stutz
Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell International
Category: Social Science
This is a Ph.D. dissertation. This thesis explores the ritual dimensions of the mortuary practices in the Late Mesolithic cemeteries at Skateholm in Southern Sweden and Vedbaeck-Bogebakken in Eastern Denmark. With a combination of methods and theories tha
300,000-30,000 years ago ) and has yielded but a few possible traces of
symbolic expression , all of them subtle and ambiguous . The evidence is of two
kinds : objects of unusual color and form ; and the possible ritualized disposal of dead ...
Author: Randall White
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Examines prehistoric objects and images from an anthropological, rather than artistic, perspective.
... but restricted resources , these groups will Il maintain formal disposal areas for
the exclusive disposal of their dead . ... descent from the dead ( i.e. , lineal ties to
the ancestors ) , such groups will , by the popular religion and its ritualization ...
AT YOUR DISPOSAL The funeral industry prepares for boom times THE DEATH
POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON ... see it , the baby boomers , who are now
making decisions about how to dispose of their loved ones , are " under - ritualized .
Mortality , death , and the unknown were ritualized out of a mixture of affection for
the deceased , awe of death's mysteries ... Oceania , and Latin America are
mirrors of Stone Age views concerning the soul , the hereafter , and corpse disposal .
Author: Thomas J. Sienkewicz
Publisher: Salem PressInc
Covers world cultures from prehistory through the year 700 C.E., including essays on persons, cultures, wars, battles, documents or works, traditions or cultural phenomena, structures or artifacts, places or sites, terms, and groups or civilizations.
Disposal of the remains immediately after death is unusual, even in the tropics
where the saprophytes work fast. ... RITUALIZATION People can feel deeply that
a certain way of disposing of the cadaver of a deceased person is the only right ...
War and physical confrontation sink into the background as life ' s major drama is ritualized . Ceremonies for the disposal of dead babies ( to prevent their haunting
the family ) and for purifying the mother punctuate the text . At the end , Isobel ...
Author: Lorna Irvine
Publisher: E C W Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This timely book participates in the reshaping of our collective imagination being undertaken by women writers. In a set of readings that examines the work of Audrey Thomas, Margaret Atwood, Jane Rule, Alice Munro, Marian Engel, and Mavis Gallant, Lorna Irvine brings out the stories within the stories that overturn traditional conventions for writing and reading literary texts. Here is a book that will help inform opinions on a topic of growing interest.
In counterpoint to this ritualized disposal of the body runs the recurrent motif of death so unnatural that what is normally owed to the dead in terms of funeral rites
is inaccessible . When Beowulf has returned to his own country and is describing
Author: D. G. Scragg
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Twenty papers by students of Scragg (U. of Leicester) and other scholars of Anglo-Saxon from across Europe and the US pivot on his particular interests, among them editing and the transmission of texts, source studies, and interpretations of Old and transitional English poetry and prose. Readers are expected to be literate in Old English. Annotatio
It may be that many of the women put to death at the time of the burial of Marquis
Yi were musicians who performed for his ... Instead , for most Funerary Ritual Ritualized disposal of the dead was a major intellectual preoccupation and a ...
Author: Robert L. Thorp
Publisher: Discontinued 3pd
Category: Art, Chinese
An illustrated chronicle of Chinese art from the late Neolithic period through the twentieth century, which discusses artistic reflections of politics, material culture, belief systems, and more, and includes over one hundred color plates, eight maps, and a time line.