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.
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.
... 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.
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
Author: Randall White
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Examines prehistoric objects and images from an anthropological, rather than artistic, perspective.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
With sections on society's views of mortality, our need for rituals and crafting the actual ceremony, this guide provides the tools and philosophy to understand, plan and tailor a funeral for individuals.
Author: Jeltje Gordon-Lennox
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Funerals are among the most important life events in Western society, and fashioning a personalized ceremony for yourself or for a loved one is often the most meaningful way to celebrate the life of the deceased. For those wanting non-religious or secular funeral ceremonies, this step-by-step guide begins by identifying what you want from the funeral and showing how you can make it happen. With sections on society's views of mortality, our need for rituals and crafting the actual ceremony, this guide provides the tools and philosophy to understand, plan and tailor a funeral for individuals. Includes all the tools necessary for the creation of a ceremony, such as a Ritual Profiles, checklists, and many other handy resources.