Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions

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Muzhou Pu
BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 342 pages
The central theme of this volume is to re-examine the received concepts and images of ghosts in various religious cultures ranging from the Ancient Near East and Egypt to the Old Testament, the Classical Era, Early Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Early India, and Medieval China. As a religious phenomenon, the realm of ghosts has been less studied than the realm of the divine. Through a collaborative effort by scholars from different disciplines, this volume proposes a multi-cultural approach to construct a wider and complicated picture of the phenomenon of ghosts and spirits in human societies and to have a grasp of the various problems involved in understanding the phenomenon of ghost.
 

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Contents

Introduction Muchou Poo
1
Giving up the Ghost of Enkidu Comprehending Enkidus Ghosts Jerrold S Cooper
23
Belief and the Dead in Pharaonic Egypt Christopher J Eyre
33
Where have all the Ghosts Gone? Evolution of a Concept in Biblical Literature Szekar Wan
47
The Hebrew Bible Confucius Plato Steven Shankman
77
The Dead as Gods Charles W King
95
William of Auvergne d 1249 connects Christian Old Norse and Irish Views Alan E Bernstein
115
Ghosts of the European Enlightenment Fernando Vidal
163
Observation and Evidence in the Supernatural Fiction of Grant Allen Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle Shangjen Li
183
The Cult of Vetäla and Tantric Fantasy Pochi Huang
211
The Culture of Ghosts in the Six Dynasties Period c 220589 CE Muchou Poo
237
Ghostly Sightings and Afterworld Vengeance Yuanju Liu
269
Reconciling Psychoanalytic Structuralist and Marxian Perspectives P Steven Sangren
299
Bibliography
311
Index
337
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Mu-chou Poo, Ph.D. (1984) in Egyptology, Johns Hopkins University, is Research Fellow in the Institute of History and Philology at the Academia Sinica in Taipei. His publications include Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and China (SUNY, 2005).

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