Life After Death/Life Before Death and Their Linkages: The United States, Japan, and China
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AbstractThis chapter, based on 231 interviews in three societies, explores how people envision what happens after they die in Japan, China, and the United States, and relates these envisionings to how they live their lives. We have found that in the United States life before/after death remains defined by the Christian God in moral guidance, which, whether believed in or not, cannot be escaped; life after death in Japan is defined by its myriad possibilities, a realm of personal choice felt to be lacking in the world before death; and life after death in China is defined by moral loss—the promise of a now-discredited communist paradise that can only be partially replaced by nationalism and senses of familial immortality.
Acceptance Date22/02/2015
All Author(s) ListGordon Mathews, Miu Ying Kwong
All Editor(s) ListSébastien Penmellen Boret, Susan Orpett Long, Sergei Kan
Book titleDeath in the Early Twenty-first Century: Authority, Innovation, and Mortuary Rites
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages85 - 111
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsLife After Death, Japan, The United States, China, Secularization, Pluralization

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