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

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

Carol Zaleski


Dozens of books, articles, tv indicates, and flicks pertaining to "near-death" reviews have seemed some time past decade. those who have survived a detailed brush with loss of life demonstrate their impressive visions and ecstatic emotions for the time being they died, describing trips via a tunnel to a realm of sunshine, visible experiences in their earlier deeds, encounters with a benevolent spirit, and everlasting transformation after returning to life.
Carol Zaleski's Otherworld Journeys deals the main accomplished therapy so far of the proof surrounding near-death studies. the 1st to put researchers' findings, first-person debts, and attainable clinical or mental factors in historic standpoint, she discusses how those fabrics replicate the effect of latest tradition. She demonstrates that sleek near-death reviews belong to an enormous kin of otherworld trip stories, with examples in approximately each non secular historical past. She identifies common in addition to culturally particular positive factors through evaluating near-death narratives in detailed classes of Western society: medieval Christendom and twentieth-century secular the USA. This comparability unearths profound similarities, resembling the life-review and the reworking after-effects of the imaginative and prescient, in addition to awesome contrasts, corresponding to the absence of hell or punishment scenes from sleek accounts.
Mediating among the "debunkers" and the near-death researchers, Zaleski considers present efforts to provide an explanation for near-death event scientifically. She concludes by means of emphasizing the significance of the otherworld imaginative and prescient for knowing inventive and non secular adventure quite often.

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