ANTHROP 1AA3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Persistent Vegetative State, Urial, Taphophobia

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Funerals are the occasion for avoiding people or holding parties, for fighting or having sexual orgies, for weeping or laughing, in a thousand different combinations. Death comes for everyone regardless of race or status. Attitudes towards death are culturally constructed: reflects the fundamental attitudes they have regarding life and death, cremation, burial, our attitudes can also be based on where the dead has gone after. Influenced by beliefs about life, death, and hereafter: taboo status of talking about death. Language used differently when talking about death relying on euphemisms. Death is (an): enfeebled form of life, a continuation of life, perpetual development, waiting. Waiting to get older, waiting to die, waiting for the after-life: cycling and recycling. Absence of all process, life and qualities all together: virtual. We live on through our accomplishments or lineage. Something of us lives on after we die. Traditional medical view lack of respiration, pulse, and heartbeat. Egypt cultural fear of being buried alive.

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