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Attitudes towards Death in Ancient Greece and Ancient China

  • Xiaoqun Wu
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Abstract

In this chapter, the author mainly discusses people’s views on death in two ancient societies, specifically involving the following three aspects: (1) the popular views of death and what constituted ‘a good death’ in Greece and China; (2) a comparison of ‘The House of Hades’ and Psychē in Greece with ‘Yellow Springs’ (黄泉) and Gui (鬼) in China; and (3) the power of the dead. From those, it is evident that the Chinese and the Greeks follow different modes of meaning-making when they face the same challenge of death. In ancient Greece, the Greeks’ fear of not being buried may have been greater than the fear of death itself. In ancient China, the Chinese tried to ‘serve the dead as they served them alive’.

Keywords

View of death ‘The House of Hades’ Psychē Yellow Springs’ Gui The power of the dead 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoqun Wu
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  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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