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Hereafter
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A hereafter, in the raw sense of ‘the other side,’ necessarily corresponds to the fact that a boundary is traced when a dead person must be withdrawn from the world of the living, to be buried beyond a boundary, a stream, or a cemetery wall, in a special area. Here, in ambivalent reciprocity, are both the ‘disposal of’ the corpse, lest the living suffer the peril of contamination (→ Purification/Hygiene/Bodily Grooming), and the ‘provision for’ the departed in the life after death. But the conceptualization of a life after death als…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Hereafter”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 07 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00032>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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