African concept of life and death

to live is necessary, to die is inevitable by Charles M. Ezekwugo

Publisher: CECTA NIG. in Enugu

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 43-44).

StatementCharles M. Ezekwugo.
LC ClassificationsB5310 .E94 2007
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 44 p. ;
Number of Pages44
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23164328M
ISBN 109788107605
ISBN 109789788107606
LC Control Number2008556273

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The book is a comprehensive treatment of the African understanding of God and humanity. It is comprehensive in the African, but not the Western, mode.   Life is represented as a circle because it is a constant loop. People are constantly born and are constantly dying. There is a spiritual element to the circle, however, in the idea that the end of one existence is not necessarily the end of life altogether. The concept of searching for meaning in life through death is one of the foundations of existential psychology. Existential psychologists like Rollo May believe that individuals must accept the inevitability of their own deaths and the deaths of loved ones; otherwise, they cannot fully embrace or find true meaning in life.   An instance from the Hausa in Tunisia may perhaps not be reckoned as a myth concerning the origin of death in the strict sense of the term, since the myth tells us in the first place why human life is so short. It is so closely akin, at all events, to the myths concerning the origin of death, that it should be given a place in this section.

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The myth suggests that this group believes that immortality is gone forever and only life and death within this world remain (Ray, ). Concepts of the Human Person and Implications for Life After Death. More clues regarding African notions of afterlife can be gleaned from an examination of African concepts of the person.

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Myths and legends represent an important part of African religious heritage. They were giving answers to the seekers and explaining the nature of things. Therefore, myths can be rather helpful as well in the attempts to formulate the concept of death in ATR.

According to myths, death was not supposed to present in our life. Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.

Read, borrow, and discover more than 3M books for free. The research, the presentation by Prof Katola and literature review indicate that the concept of life after death played a crucial role in African Traditional Religion.

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However, the traditional African beliefs also state that the dead have. quality of end-of-life care received by African Americans, education is indeed the solid bridge by which we can begin to close the gap. I feel honored and privileged to have worked under her tutelage.

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According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some. Christianity - Christianity - Concepts of life after death: The Christian end-time expectation is directed not only at the future of the church but also at the future of the individual believer.

It includes definite conceptions of the personal continuance of life after death. Many baptized early Christians were convinced they would not die at all but would still experience the advent of Christ.

Many people often look at death through the lens of this worldly life. However, if we look at life through the lens of death, we will make use of every moment we have in this world to do good and be better people.

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Any book with the exact phrase "Life and Death" in the title. Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. * The other papers in this number of The Journal of African History were initially presented at ‘Death in African History: An Interdisciplinary Conference’, University of Cambridge, 5–6 May The conference was part of a four-year Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaborative project on the history of death in Africa.

To the ancient Egyptians, death was not the end of life but only the beginning of the next phase in an individual's eternal journey. There was no word in ancient Egyptian which corresponds to the concept of "death" as usually defined, as "ceasing to live", since death was simply a transition to another phase of one's eternal existence.

In fact, scholars claim, the modern Egyptian Arabic word.