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Body-Soul Dialectics

Rane Willerslev

in Soul Hunters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252165
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252165.003.0005
Body-Soul Dialectics

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This chapter discusses reincarnation, but focuses on its implications for relations within the human life world, and demonstrates how reincarnation is important as a model for dealing with grief. Reincarnation also emphasizes the continuity rather than the finality of personal relationships. The chapter furthermore shows how a person's relation to the soul of his previous incarnation is problematic, and studies the notion of the fragmented body in relation to Lacan's theory of the “mirror stage.”

Keywords: reincarnation; human life world; dealing with grief; continuity; personal relationships; fragmented body; mirror stage theory

Chapter.  10403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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