By Allan Kellehear
Our stories of demise were formed via historical rules approximately demise and social accountability on the finish of existence. From Stone Age rules approximately loss of life as otherworld trip to the modern Cosmopolitan Age of demise in nursing houses, Allan Kellehear takes the reader on a 2 million yr trip of discovery that covers the most important demanding situations we are going to all finally face: expecting, getting ready, taming and timing for our eventual deaths. it is a significant assessment of the human and medical sciences literature approximately human loss of life behavior. The ancient procedure of this publication areas our contemporary photographs of melanoma loss of life and treatment in broader old, epidemiological and international context. Professor Kellehear argues that we're witnessing an increase in shameful kinds of death. it isn't melanoma, center sickness or scientific technology that provides smooth demise behavior with its maximum ethical checks, yet really poverty, getting old and social exclusion.
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He must plant pandanus trees lest he have nothing to climb when fleeing from the feral pig. Parents might build little houses to place bow and arrows for their sons’ future spirit or they might plant pandanus trees for a girl’s spirit. In Fiji (Frazer 1913a: 462–7) the journey and its ordeals are similarly numerous. After death a soul comes upon a certain pandanus tree at which he must throw a whale’s tooth. If he misses it means that his wives are not being strangled to join him. If he hits the tree then his wives may follow him along the spirit path.
Neanderthals were also close-range hunters and several writers note the mortality and trauma injuries associated with this lifestyle (Klein 1999: 475; Mithen 1999: 198; Pettitt 2000). Pettitt (2000: 361) reveals that the bones of Neanderthals commonly reveal significant trauma to the head, neck and arms and that it was ‘rare’ for them to reach adulthood without breaking at least one limb. Finally, another important part of the health picture of Stone Age peoples was the problem of violence. There has been much discussion and debate about the role and type of violence to which Stone Age people were subject (Gat 1999; Cooney 2003; Nolan 2003; Thorpe 2003).
Although open warfare is rare, however, it can occur under pressure of population (Nolan 2003). There is also some evidence of massacres. But according to Thorpe (2003), many theories about these sources of violence are exaggerated, lack solid evidence, represent equivocal interpretations of the same data, or base their views on primate studies. ‘Weapons’ may not have been really weapons, injuries detected on bone samples are subject to several interpretations, and nearly all the major evidence for serious mass violence is recent – from some 10 000 years ago.
A Social History of Dying by Allan Kellehear