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Death and the Afterlife

BRIAN INNES

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ISBN 10: 0312227051 / ISBN 13: 9780312227050
Published by St Martins Pr January 2000, 2000
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Title: Death and the Afterlife

Publisher: St Martins Pr January 2000

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Human beings have struggled to understand death since the beginning of time. This book, lavishly illustrated with vivid photographs, takes a comprehensive look at one of the fundamental questions of human existence: what is death and what happens to us after we die? Cultures throughout history have developed myths and belief systems to explain the mystery of death and the afterlife, as have religions throughout the world. From the tombs of the pharaohs to Mexico's Day of the Dead, from the visions of Heaven and Hell found in the Bible to Victorian funeral customs, this book takes a fascinating look at our very last journey in life.

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For those who wish to confront the fear of dying, Death and Afterlife is the scientifically objective place to start. Biochemical researcher Brian Innes has compiled a handsome coffee-table compendium of everything you ever wanted to know about death, and then some. From the philosophical to the religious, the biological to the mythological, the psychological to the legal, Innes covers it all. Topics include euthanasia, suicide, reincarnation, memorials, necromancy, and epitaphs, just to mention a few. Heavy doses of art and literature of man considering the subject throughout the ages engage and sober the reader. Hamlet ponders, "To die, to sleep. To sleep perchance to dream; aye, there's the rub"; Giovanni Boccaccio depicts the grimacing Black Death of the 14th century; and John Donne admonishes, "never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee." --P. Randall Cohan

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