EXPERIENCES NEAR DEATH: BEYOND MEDICINE AND RELIGION

EXPERIENCES NEAR DEATH: BEYOND MEDICINE AND RELIGION

By: Kellehear, Allan

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A person is seriously ill or involved in an accident and their heart stops beating; for a brief time they are clinically "dead." Once revived, the vic tim has a remarkable tale to relate: typical narratives include feelings of great peace, out-of-body travel, tunnel sensations, life review, and brigh t lights. These phenomena, often referred to as "near-death experiences," h ave spawned an entire pop industry dedicated to plumbing the depths of thei r mysteries, and they continue to inspire heated debate and raise fascinati ng questions about the nature of life and death. But most observers assume that there are only two ways to interpret the near-death experience: in the religious terms of life after death, or in the medical terms of the mechan ics of the brain. In Experiences Near Death, however, Allan Kellehear presents a revolutionary new approach to the field of "near-death studies," one that examines these episodes as they relate to the specific cultures from which they arise, helping us to understand what these visions are as a cultural and psychological response and why they occur. Kellehear compares near-death experiences from all over the world-India, China, Guam, America, Australia, and New Zealand-revealing not only the similarities among them, but also the pertinent differences that can tell us much about the way people from different cultures view their world. He recounts, for example, a near-death experience from Guam where people fly through the clouds to make invisible visits to living relatives; he compares experiences from hunter-gatherer societies to urban American ones; and in a fascinating discussion of the.

Title: EXPERIENCES NEAR DEATH: BEYOND MEDICINE AND RELIGION

Author Name: Kellehear, Allan

Categories: Reincarnation,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 1998

ISBN Number: 0195091949

ISBN Number 13: 9780195091946

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000044497