Aimed at students and teachers of World Religions, this study analyses the concept of death and how the different religions treat and confront this unavoidable natural event. It produces accurate and broad information for the use of teachers and students of World Faiths, providing an insight into the faith and practise of their neighbours and a greater understanding of how it feels to belong to a culture different from their own.
An introductory chapter by Geoffrey Parrinder explains the importance of the subject of death in all religions and offers a classification of faiths attending to its treatment. Consecutives chapters explain each one of the faiths treated and a final postscript by the editor remarks how important is to prepare our children for living as well as for dying.
‘Living Faiths’ is a series on Rites of Passage in the major religions of the world, covering Marriage and the Family, Initiation Rites and Death. Together these provide a fascinating exercise in tolerance and understanding.