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Subject to Death
Author: Robert Desjarlais

ISBN: 9780226355870
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 12 May 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Subject to Death by anthropologist Robert Desjarlais is a profound meditation on death through an empathic ethnographic analysis of the Hyolmo, a Tibetan Buddhist community from Nepal. At the heart of the book is the question of what a good death" means. To answer this question, Desjarlais shows how the Hyolmo try through social and ritual practice to ease death's arrival, help the deceased sever their attachments to the world, and allow survivors to establish anew their relationships with the dead. Hyolmo orientations to life and death speak to the ways in which certain features of human existence--such as consciousness, identity, memory, desire, and bodiliness--are enacted and dissolved through a form of poesis, or creative world-making. In considering Hyolmo orientations to dying, cremation ceremonies, funeral rituals, grief, and mourning, Desjarlais reveals the ever-changing flow of life and death among Hyolmo people while offering moving insights into a universal experience.

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