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Title: Death, Underworld and Afterlife in the Ugaritic Texts.
Author: Healey, J. F.
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1977
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This investigation of the topics of death, underworld and afterlife is based on texts already published. The first two chapters deal with mythological aspects of the subject - the god of death, the underworld and its associated deities, Chapters Ill-V with the cult of the dead and the possibility of blessed immortality. No previous treatment of the subject as a whole exists. Chapter I, however, primarily examines critically the observations of others on diverse aspects of the subject, especially noting the problems raised. It includes original interpretations of the basic texts. Chapter II is an original investigation of the underworld contacts of various gods. Of these the assessment of Dagan is particularly important. Chapters Ill-V provide a new translation of texts which in a number of instances lead to radically new interpretations, especially suggesting that there was in Ugarit a ritual feeding of the dead; that the royal dead were important in this context; and that the dead kings lived in a special relationship with the gods. The discussion of rites of mourning and burial gives important information on attitudes to the dead as well as new conclusions about terminology (notably on nsr discussed in Chapter IV). (Sections of Chapter IV have already been published and copies of the publications are included as supplementary material. However, the published form was revised and the revised text is presented in the chapter).
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Qualification Name: Doctoral Thesis Qualification Level: Doctoral
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