By Gananath Obeyesekere

With Imagining Karma, Gananath Obeyesekere embarks at the first actual comparability of rebirth suggestions throughout a variety of cultures. Exploring in wealthy element the ideals of small-scale societies of West Africa, Melanesia, conventional Siberia, Canada, and the northwest coast of North the USA, Obeyesekere compares their rules with these of the traditional and smooth Indic civilizations and with the Greek rebirth theories of Pythagoras, Empedocles, Pindar, and Plato. His groundbreaking and authoritative dialogue decenters the preferred suggestion that India was once the foundation and locus of rules of rebirth. As Obeyesekere compares responses to the main primary questions of human life, he demanding situations readers to reexamine accredited principles approximately loss of life, cosmology, morality, and eschatology.

Obeyesekere's complete inquiry exhibits that varied societies have come via autonomous invention or borrowing to think in reincarnation as a vital part in their better cosmological structures. the writer brings jointly right into a coherent methodological framework the idea of such different thinkers as Weber, Wittgenstein, and Nietzsche. In a modern highbrow context that celebrates distinction and cultural relativism, this e-book makes a case for disciplined comparability, a humane view of human nature, and a theoretical realizing of "family resemblances" and modifications throughout nice cultural divides.

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