The Psychology of Death in Fantasy and History

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Jerry S. Piven
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Psychology - 323 pages

This volume investigates the impact of death consideration on such phenomena as Buddhist cosmology, the poetry of Rilke, cults and apocalyptic dreams, Japanese mythology, creativity, and even psychotherapy. Death is seen as a critical motivation for the genesis of artistic creations and monuments, of belief systems, fantasies, delusions and numerous pathological syndromes. Culture itself may be understood as the innumerable ways that societies defend themselves against helplessness and annihilation, how they mould and recreate the world in accordance with their wishes and anxieties, the social mechanisms employed to deny annihilation and death. Whether one speaks of the construction of massive burial tombs, magical transformations of death into eternal life, afterlives or resurrections, the need to cope with death and deny its terror and effect are the sine qua non of religion, culture, ideology, and belief systems in general.

 

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Contents

Death Fantasy and the Politics of SelfDestruction
13
Buddhism Death and the Feminine
37
Uncanny Dolls Images of Death in Rilke and Freud
71
Death Fantasy and Religious Transformations
87
Europes Culture of Death
119
Creativity and Death in Psychoanalysis
137
The Idol and the Idolizers Ernest Beckers Theory of Expanded Transference as a Tool for Historical Criticism and Interpretation with an Addendum ...
163
Thoughts for the Times on Terrorism War and Death
177
Fundamentalism Defilement and Death
219
Death Neurosis and Normalcy On the Ubiquity of Personal and Social Delusions
245
Unveiling Mexican Cultural Essences Death and Spirituality
267
Adaptive Insights into Death Anxiety
275
Laughing at Death
291
Index
311
About the Editor and Contributors
321
Copyright

Love Separation and Death in a Japanese Myth
203

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Page 1 - The One remains, the many change and pass; Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly ; Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, Stains the white radiance of Eternity, Until Death tramples it to fragments.

About the author (2004)

JERRY S. PIVEN teaches in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at New School University.

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