Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 175–184 | Cite as

An Israeli account of a near-death experience: A case study of cultural dissonance

  • Henry Abramovitch


The text of an Israeli near-death experience (NDE) is presented in translation from the Hebrew. This account is contrasted with the traditional Hebrew sources on NDEs or their equivalents, which formed part of the NDEr's native subculture. In the present case, the lack of congruence between the reported NDE and the expected cultural form led to intense confusion described by the NDEr. Further study is needed of folk traditions of NDEs.


Cultural Form Folk Tradition Cultural Dissonance Hebrew Source 
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© Human Sciences Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Abramovitch
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Science and PsychotherapySackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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