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Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Gregory Shushan


Near-death experiences (NDEs) are indisputably part of human experience, known from accounts from around the world and throughout history. This book examines the role culture plays in how people experience and interpret NDEs, and reveals how afterlife beliefs often originate in such extraordinary experiences. It also explores the relationship between shamanism and NDEs. The book focuses on traditional indigenous societies in Africa, North America, and Oceania, drawing on historical reports of explorers, missionaries, and ethnologists. These sources indicate that though NDEs are universal, the ... More

Keywords: near-death experience, shamanism, afterlife, African religions, Native American religions, Oceanic religions, religious experience, comparative religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872472
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Shushan, author
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales Trinity Saint David