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The purpose of this paper is to analyze the orientations of death which people have learned from their culture and to explain different cultures varying views on death and burials I Cultural evaluation of death A Orientations B Varying views II Cultural examples A Egyptians B Aryans C Burial Masks III Reasons for death views A Changes B United States C Tie together Sociological Thanatology It is when one first sees the horizon as an end that one first begins to seeEnds are the hardest things in the world to see- precisely because they arent things they are the ends of things Death is the perspective of every great picture and the underbeat of every measurable poem -Archibald MacLeish The orientations people possess regarding death are radically different and easily influenced by language art religion funeral rituals and social structure of the culture There are five types of death that cultures can believe in Tame death is a process familiar and near In Death to Self the true essence of oneself was assumed to be revealed It is a renewed appreciation of life and its possibilities Remote and Imminent Death is viewed as a rupture or break in life rather than a continuum Death of the Other is when you are more worried about a loved ones death than your own Invisible Death means that individual lives and deaths are inconsequential The Hour of our Death Cultures can be death accepting death denying or death defying In the west strategies for salvation have included strict discipline for afterlife survival In the east strategies are more contemplative and mystical Death can be considered the end of existence or a change into another state of being The Hour of our Death 1 To mix forever with the elements To be a brother to the insensible rock The oak shall
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