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4. Cultural-Linguistic Constructivism and the Challenge of Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences

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1. Title Title of document 4. Cultural-Linguistic Constructivism and the Challenge of Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences - The Study of Religious Experience
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Gregory Shushan; Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University ;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) near-death experience; out-of-body experience; comparison; postmodernism; experiential source hypothesis; origins of beliefs
5. Subject Subject classification Religious experience
6. Description Abstract Ostensibly documentary accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) are found in a variety of texts around the world: in religious literature, historical documents, and reports of ethnographers, missionaries and explorers. Despite local phenomenological differences, there is an essential thematic and structural continuity to the accounts cross-culturally. Furthermore, NDEs have a cross-culturally stable physical context (i.e., the individual is commonly near death), and basic interpretation (what happens when we die). Because beliefs in souls and life after death are commonly considered ‘religious,’ this has important implications for currently dominating postmodernist-influenced paradigms which state that because all religions are culturally unique and all experience is culturally-linguistically generated, there can be no such thing as a pan-human ‘religious experience’ type.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Aug-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26578
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Study of Religious Experience
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) contemporary
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd