When We Die: The Science, Culture, and Rituals of Death

When We Die: The Science, Culture, and Rituals of Death


An strangely finished research of dying as either a social and clinical phenomenon, When We Die is as frank because it is expert. This far-reaching dialogue considers mortality from the non-public and the common standpoint, generously mentioning earlier and current poets and physicians from a various and telling variety of traditions. Mims, who for 2 many years served as Professor of Microbiology at London's men sanatorium, brings a humane, inquisitive, and realized sensibility to his subject. "This publication is a light-hearted yet wide-ranging survey of demise, the explanations of dying, and the disposal of corpses," writes Mims. "It tells why we die and the way we die, and what occurs to the lifeless physique and its bits and items. It describes the methods corpses are handled in numerous religions and in several elements of the realm; the tools for retaining our bodies; and the ways—fascinating of their diversity—in which corpses or elements of corpses are used and abused."

The quantity additionally explores such the most important death-based notions because the afterlife, the soul, and the possibility of immortality. in terms of the book's major concentration, Mims maintains: "We may still take a extra matter-of-fact view of demise [and] settle for it and discuss it greater than we do—as now we have performed with the as soon as taboo topic of sex." this can be a paintings that any scholar of social anthropology will locate both enlightening and essential.

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