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The Religious Functions of Near-Death Experiences

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This final chapter secures the result of the survey by discussing the religious functions of near-death experiences for affected individuals, but also the functions of the reports for the audience. ... More


What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Jens Schlieter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book offers a modern genealogy of “near-death experiences,” outlining the important functions of these experiences in the religious field of Western modernity. Emerging as autobiographical ... More


Introduction

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The introduction to Part I defines as the primary object of the study the reports of near-death experiences. As such, the latter are part of a literary form and specific genre. Experiences, and ... More


The Formation of Near-Death Experiences: Moody, Ritchie, and Hampe

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Raymond A. Moody had been introduced to experiences near death by George G. Ritchie. The latter had reported of an experience in which he had encountered Christ. This chapter discusses Moody’s first ... More


Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Gregory Shushan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190872472
eISBN:
9780190872502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872472.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Near-death experiences (NDEs) are indisputably part of human experience, known from accounts from around the world and throughout history. This book examines the role culture plays in how people ... More


Interpretations, Implications, and Conclusions

Gregory Shushan

in Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190872472
eISBN:
9780190872502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872472.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

An analytical comparison is made of the near-death experiences (NDEs), afterlife beliefs, and myths in the three regions, in relation to their shamanic practices, funerary rituals, revitalization ... More


Experiences of Dying and Death

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks more closely to the truth claims and verification strategies of near-death reports, discussing, among others, views by Carol Zaleski and Michael N. Marsh. The example of a reported ... More


Exploring Near-Death Experiences across Cultures

Gregory Shushan

in Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190872472
eISBN:
9780190872502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872472.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Near-death experiences (NDEs) share many common elements worldwide, indicating that they originate in phenomena that are independent of culture. They also have many elements unique to the individual ... More


North America

Gregory Shushan

in Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190872472
eISBN:
9780190872502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872472.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Dozens of Native American near-death experiences (NDEs) from the late sixteenth to early twentieth centuries are presented, ranging from across the continent. Many were accompanied by indigenous ... More


Africa

Gregory Shushan

in Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190872472
eISBN:
9780190872502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872472.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

There are very few examples of African near-death experiences (NDEs) or statements that afterlife beliefs were grounded in them. This corresponds to beliefs that often bore few similarities to NDEs, ... More


Oceania

Gregory Shushan

in Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190872472
eISBN:
9780190872502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190872472.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Many near-death experiences (NDEs) were found in Polynesia and Melanesia, alongside claims that afterlife beliefs derived from them, and numerous relevant myths. Religious rituals and beliefs often ... More


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