Tales of Lights and Shadows: Mythology of the Afterlife

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 12/09/2010 - 176 páginas
Tales of Lights and Shadows offers a fresh approach to the traditional mythology and literature of the afterlife, centering on tensions and polarities in the afterlife concepts: bright vs. dismal, heaven vs. reincarnation, theocentric vs. anthropocentric heaven, etc. Presenting examples from virtually all the world's religious cultures past and present, this fascinating book puts the concepts clearly in the context of the worldview and social issues of that society.
Robert Ellwood depicts the many rich mythologies of the afterlife from the ancient Mesopotamians, Japanese, Greeks of the Homeric era, to Christian views of heaven or the Buddhist western paradise. He explores views of the concept of reincarnation as well as the arduous preparation for the afterlife that must be taken in some traditions. Ellwood concludes by looking at the way varying views of the afterlife influence religious and even secular culture, and how in turn culture can influence the popular heavens and hells of the time and place.
 

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Índice

1 In That Good Night What Dreams May Come? Myth Meaning and Afterlife
1
Gloomy vs Bright Views of the Afterlife
21
Abodes of the Soul
34
Reincarnation vs Eternal Life in Heaven or Hell
46
5 God or Garden of Delights? Is Heaven Theocentric or Anthropocentric?
62
The Dread of Ancestral Spirits vs Respect and Honor
80
Community and Religious Solidarity vs Individual Reward and Punishment
91
The Difcult vs the Easy Path
101
Linear and Cyclical Time
110
The Afterlife in Folk Religion and the Great Tradition
130
Afterlife and Culture
143
Further Reading
145
Notes
150
Index
163
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Robert Ellwood was Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California from 1967 until his retirement in 1997. He is author or editor of over 25 books, including textbooks in world religions and religious studies, histories, and works on spirituality.

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