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By Peter Metcalf

This revised variation of a cross-cultural research of rituals surrounding loss of life has turn into a customary textual content in anthropology, sociology, and faith. a part of its fascination and luck is that during figuring out different people's dying rituals we can achieve a greater knowing of our personal. Peter Metcalf and Richard Huntington confer with a large choice of examples from assorted continents and epochs. They examine the good tombs of the Berawan of Borneo and the pyramids of Egypt, or the dramas of medieval French royal funerals and the burial alive of the Dinka "masters of the spear" within the Sudan, and different burials which at the beginning sight appear to have little in universal. a lot of those circumstances are anthropological classics, and the authors use those examples in part with the intention to illustrate the various alternative ways during which anthropologists have attempted to interpret those rites. a brand new advent reports theoretical advancements within the anthropological examine of dying because the booklet first seemed in 1979.

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After some time my husband and I join the midwife and go to the hospital. I’m wheeled into the delivery room. The midwife regularly listens to the child’s heartbeat through the large wooden horn [a natural stethoscope]. The waters are broken. The delivery room becomes extremely quiet. People are rushing around and talking to one another in soft yet urgent voices. When I ask what’s happening, neither I nor my husband receives a reply. The contractions stop, but I’m feeling fine. Meanwhile the gynecologist has joined us, along with some more nurses.

In my definition, a near-death experience (NDE) is the (reported) recollection of all the impressions gained during a special state of consciousness, which includes some specific elements such as witnessing a tunnel, a light, a panoramic life review, deceased persons, or one’s own resuscitation. This special state of consciousness can occur during a cardiac arrest, that is, during a period of clinical death, but also in the course of a serious illness or without any apparent medical indication.

Cardiac arrest was and remains the most common cause of death for people with an acute myocardial infarction—in the United States, about one death each minute, and in the UK about one death every two minutes. Since the introduction of modern techniques of resuscitation and the establishment of coronary care units, mortality rates as a result of cardiac arrest have fallen sharply, and these days it is not uncommon for patients to survive cardiac arrest. When I was working as a cardiologist, I was confronted with death on an almost daily basis.

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