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Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations Universalism, Constructivism and Near-death Experience

by Gregory Shushan, Gavin D. Flood

Part of the Continuum Advances in Religious Studies Series

Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations Universalism, Constructivism and Near-death Experience Synopsis

Gregory Shushan challenges post-modern scholarly attitudes concerning cross-cultural comparisons in the study of religions. In an original and innovative piece of comparative research, he analyses afterlife conceptions in five ancient civilisations (Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt, Sumerian and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia, Vedic India, pre-Buddhist China, and pre-Columbian Mesoamerica).These are considered in light of historical and contemporary reports of near-death experiences, and shamanic afterlife 'journeys'. Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations is a significant study, for it presents a comprehensive new comparative framework for the cross-cultural study of myth and religion, while at the same time providing a fascinating exploration of the interface between belief and experience.This groundbreaking new series offers original reflections on theory and method in the study of religions, and demonstrates new approaches to the way religious traditions are studied and presented.Studies published under its auspices look to clarify the role and place of Religious Studies in the academy, but not in a purely theoretical manner. Each study will demonstrate its theoretical aspects by applying them to the actual study of religions, often in the form of frontier research.

Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations Universalism, Constructivism and Near-death Experience Press Reviews

. ..a very well-written book by a consummate scholar. Each of Gregory Shushan's sentences is pregnant with facts...Shushan's book is a major contribution to the field of comparative religion and near-death studies. It is a 'must-read' for students of religious experience. De Numine, Autumn 2009

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826440730
Publication date: 7th May 2009
Author: Gregory Shushan, Gavin D. Flood
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Ancient religions & mythologies,

About Gregory Shushan, Gavin D. Flood

Gregory Shushan is Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies at University of Wales Lampeter, UK; and Research Associate at University College Cork, Ireland. Gavin Flood is Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the author of An Introduction to Hinduism (CUP 2004).

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