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Death
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1. State of the Problem

All societies share the basic experience of death, yet they respond to it in different ways in their thinking and customs (Dead, Cult of the). We find ideas ranging from self-evident certainty of the presence of the dead (Ancestor Worship; Demons) to preparation for the journey of the dead to their new home and hope of redemption in a new life beyond the present course. The various theories of the relation to death that are also found in society and religion d…

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Schoberth, Wolfgang, “Death”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D54>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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