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Living and Dying

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069409.003.0019
Living and Dying

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This chapter discusses one kind of human suffering—that associated with death. A concern with longevity has long been present in Hindu culture. It is not, therefore, surprising that the rituals were mostly concerned with prolonging life. There was also the idea of the possibility of exchanging an old body for a new one. The notion of the good life lived in the light of ethical norms became salient later on, but never completely displaced the value placed upon plenitude. The notion of karma came to be recognized as the primary cause of birth and death. It also became the basis of the ethical doctrine of works and retribution.

Keywords: types of death; significance of death; dying; suffering; Hindu culture; karma; good life

Chapter.  9809 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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