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Den religiösa dödsriten och viljan till mening

Elm, Rebecka LU (2012) REVK01 20112
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
An important question for the psychology of religion is if religion can be interpreted as a constructive or a destructive force. When people endure a crisis caused by the death of a beloved relative, this subject is more pressing than ever. In today’s society, the religious death rite is the normalized way for the mourner to bid her last farewell , regardless if she’s religious or not. This is one of the few religious rites almost everyone has to face. Not only will we one day play the center part in such a rite, but we will also have to participate throughout life when dear friends and family passes away.

The aim of this thesis is to try to understand what psychological function the religious death rites possess. My main quest is to... (More)
An important question for the psychology of religion is if religion can be interpreted as a constructive or a destructive force. When people endure a crisis caused by the death of a beloved relative, this subject is more pressing than ever. In today’s society, the religious death rite is the normalized way for the mourner to bid her last farewell , regardless if she’s religious or not. This is one of the few religious rites almost everyone has to face. Not only will we one day play the center part in such a rite, but we will also have to participate throughout life when dear friends and family passes away.

The aim of this thesis is to try to understand what psychological function the religious death rites possess. My main quest is to examine what characterizes a death rite, how it affects us and why people seem to perceive this rite in many different ways. My analysis will seek to answer the following three questions. First, what psychological function does the death rite possess? Second, what consequences follow from the fact that the death rite is of a religious nature? And lastly , can the religious death rite create or provide a sense of meaning for the participants?

This study is written with a religious psychological perspective and is largely a qualitative comparison between two contemporary scholars in this field; Douglas J. Davies and his evolutionary based theory “words against death ” and Kenneth I. Pargament and his theory regarding the relationship between religion and coping. (Less)
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author
Elm, Rebecka LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Religionspsykologiska perspektiv på religiösa dödsriters funktion och förutsättningar
course
REVK01 20112
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
coping, psychology of religion, religious studies, search for meaning, ritual, rites of passage, religious death rites, words against death
language
Swedish
id
2533935
date added to LUP
2012-05-08 13:19:48
date last changed
2012-05-08 13:19:48
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  abstract     = {An important question for the psychology of religion is if religion can be interpreted as a constructive or a destructive force. When people endure a crisis caused by the death of a beloved relative, this subject is more pressing than ever. In today’s society, the religious death rite is the normalized way for the mourner to bid her last farewell , regardless if she’s religious or not. This is one of the few religious rites almost everyone has to face. Not only will we one day play the center part in such a rite, but we will also have to participate throughout life when dear friends and family passes away. 

The aim of this thesis is to try to understand what psychological function the religious death rites possess. My main quest is to examine what characterizes a death rite, how it affects us and why people seem to perceive this rite in many different ways. My analysis will seek to answer the following three questions. First, what psychological function does the death rite possess? Second, what consequences follow from the fact that the death rite is of a religious nature? And lastly , can the religious death rite create or provide a sense of meaning for the participants? 

This study is written with a religious psychological perspective and is largely a qualitative comparison between two contemporary scholars in this field; Douglas J. Davies and his evolutionary based theory “words against death ” and Kenneth I. Pargament and his theory regarding the relationship between religion and coping.},
  author       = {Elm, Rebecka},
  keyword      = {coping,psychology of religion,religious studies,search for meaning,ritual,rites of passage,religious death rites,words against death},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Den religiösa dödsriten och viljan till mening},
  year         = {2012},
}