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Dead, Cult of the
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Death is part of the order of this world. Almost without exception, however, people have protested against its dominion, refused to acknowledge it, and even denied it. Accounts like that in Gen. 25:8, according to which people die contentedly after becoming sated with life, or the idea of a “good death” after a fulfilled life (Confucianism), are the exception. The protest against death underlies the cult of the dead, and at the same time these cults aid in coming to terms with the psychological and social conflicts among the survivors that are called forth by death (Grief). Finally, the co…

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Zinser, Hartmut, “Dead, Cult of the”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D45>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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