Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader (The by Antonius C. G. M. Robben

By Antonius C. G. M. Robben

In demise, Mourning, and Burial, an essential advent to the anthropology of loss of life, readers will discover a wealthy number of a few of the most interesting ethnographic paintings in this attention-grabbing topic.Comprised of six sections that reflect the social trajectory of demise: conceptualizations of dying; demise and loss of life; unusual dying; grief and mourning; mortuary rituals; and remembrance and regenerationIncludes canonical readings in addition to contemporary stories on issues similar to organ donation and cannibalismDesigned for someone thinking about problems with dying and death, in addition to: violence, terrorism, battle, nation terror, organ robbery, and mortuary ritualsServes as a textual content for anthropology periods, in addition to offering a really cross-cultural standpoint to all these learning dying and loss of life

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21 In other words, the fear of death must be present behind all our normal functioning, in order for the organism to be armed toward self-preservation. But the fear of death cannot be present constantly in one’s mental functioning, else the organism could not function. Zilboorg continues: If this fear were as constantly conscious, we should be unable to function normally. It must be properly repressed to keep us living with any modicum of comfort. We know very well that to repress means more than to put away and to forget that which was put away and the place where we put it.

He comes to know something about the power relations of the world but can’t give them relative value: the parents could eat him and make him vanish, and he could likewise eat them; when the father gets a fierce glow in his eyes as he clubs a rat, the watching child might also expect to be clubbed – especially if he has been thinking bad magical thoughts. I don’t want to seem to make an exact picture of processes that are still unclear to us or to make out that all children live in the same world and have the same problems; also, I wouldn’t want to make the child’s world seem more lurid than it really is most of the time; but I think it is important to show the painful contradictions that must be present in it at least some of the time and to show how fantastic a world it surely is for the first few years of the child’s life.

Rochlin, Griefs and Discontents (Boston: Little, Brown, 1967), p. 67. J. Bowlby, Maternal Care and Mental Health (Geneva: World Health Organization, 1952), p. 11. Cf. Walter Tietz, ‘‘School Phobia and the Fear of Death,’’ Mental Hygiene, 1970, 54:565–8. J. C. Rheingold, The Mother, Anxiety and Death: The Catastrophic Death Complex (Boston: Little, Brown, 1967). A. J. Levin, ‘‘The Fiction of the Death Instinct,’’ Psychiatric Quarterly, 1951, 25:257–81. J. C. : Montrose Press, 1949), p. 217; H. Marcuse, ‘‘The Ideology of Death,’’ in Feifel, Meaning of Death, Chapter 5.

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