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Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World
by Robert Desjarlais
University of Chicago Press, 2016
Paper: 978-0-226-35587-0 | eISBN: 978-0-226-35590-0 | Cloth: 978-0-226-35573-3
Library of Congress Classification BQ4487.D47 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 294.3423

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
If any anthropologist living today can illuminate our dim understanding of death’s enigma, it is Robert Desjarlais. With Subject to Death, Desjarlais provides an intimate, philosophical account of death and mourning practices among Hyolmo Buddhists, an ethnically Tibetan Buddhist people from Nepal. He studies the death preparations of the Hyolmo, their specific rituals of grieving, and the practices they use to heal the psychological trauma of loss. Desjarlais’s research marks a major advance in the ethnographic study of death, dying, and grief, one with broad implications. Ethnologically nuanced, beautifully written, and twenty-five years in the making, Subject to Death is an insightful study of how fundamental aspects of human existence—identity, memory, agency, longing, bodiliness—are enacted and eventually dissolved through social and communicative practices.
 

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