Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modern Times Carol Zaleski

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Published: March 26th 1987

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275 pages


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Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modern Times  by  Carol Zaleski

Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modern Times by Carol Zaleski
March 26th 1987 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 275 pages | ISBN: | 4.60 Mb

Dozens of books, articles, television shows, and films relating near-death experiences have appeared in the past decade. People who have survived a close brush with death reveal their extraordinary visions and ecstatic feelings at the moment theyMoreDozens of books, articles, television shows, and films relating near-death experiences have appeared in the past decade.

People who have survived a close brush with death reveal their extraordinary visions and ecstatic feelings at the moment they died, describing journeys through a tunnel to a realm of light, visual reviews of their past deeds, encounters with a benevolent spirit, and permanent transformation after returning to life.Carol Zaleskis Otherworld Journeys offers the most comprehensive treatment to date of the evidence surrounding near-death experiences.

The first to place researchers findings, first-person accounts, and possible medical or psychological explanations in historical perspective, she discusses how these materials reflect the influence of contemporary culture. She demonstrates that modern near-death reports belong to a vast family of otherworld journey tales, with examples in nearly every religious heritage. She identifies universal as well as culturally specific features by comparing near-death narratives in two distinct periods of Western society: medieval Christendom and twentieth-century secular America.

This comparison reveals profound similarities, such as the life-review and the transforming after-effects of the vision, as well as striking contrasts, such as the absence of hell or punishment scenes from modern accounts.Mediating between the debunkers and the near-death researchers, Zaleski considers current efforts to explain near-death experience scientifically.

She concludes by emphasizing the importance of the otherworld vision for understanding imaginative and religious experience in general.



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