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Ceremonies and rites. Ceremonial rules

  • Buddhist Rituals of Death and Rebirthby Rita Langer

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    In Buddhist thought and practice, death has always been a central concept. This book provides a careful and thorough analysis of the rituals and social customs surrounding death in the Theravada tradition of Sri Lanka. Rita Langer describes the rituals of death and rebirth and investigates their ancient origins, analyzing social issues of the relationship... more...

  • Bonds of the Deadby Mark Michael Rowe

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 29.00

    Despite popular images of priests seeking enlightenment in snow-covered mountain temples, the central concern of Japanese Buddhism is death. For that reason, Japanese Buddhism?s social and economic base has long been in mortuary services?a base now threatened by public debate over the status, treatment, and location of the dead. Bonds of the Dead... more...

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