Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World by Robert Desjarlais

By Robert Desjarlais

If any anthropologist dwelling this present day can remove darkness from our dim realizing of death’s enigma, it really is Robert Desjarlais. With Subject to Death, Desjarlais offers an intimate, philosophical account of demise and mourning practices between Hyolmo Buddhists, an ethnically Tibetan Buddhist humans from Nepal. He reviews the demise arrangements of the Hyolmo, their particular rituals of grieving, and the practices they use to heal the mental trauma of loss. Desjarlais’s learn marks a massive develop within the ethnographic learn of dying, death, and grief, one with vast implications. Ethnologically nuanced, fantastically written, and twenty-five years within the making, Subject to Death is an insightful learn of ways primary features of human existence—identity, reminiscence, enterprise, longing, bodiliness—are enacted and at last dissolved via social and communicative practices.

 

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