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I'm looking for nonfiction accounts of near death experiences written from a nonChristian perspective. All I can find are those written by Christians or those with a Christian background who claim no religious affiliation at the time of the experience.
All suggestions welcome, thanks!

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okay_here_i_am
Jan. 7th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
I found this a very interesting topic, and while I had no personal recommendations, you made me head over to Amazon and do a search, something like "non christian near death experiences". (You're right; most near-death experiences do seem to be from the Christian perspective, which I am, but anyway.) The most interesting-looking books I found were these two, but you should look around there and see what sounds interesting to you. They both had only few user reviews, but those were stellar reviews.

-Life and Death: A Buddhist Perspective; by James Hilgendorf; ISBN-10 number 1929159161
-Reincarnation Beliefs of North American Indians: Soul Journey, Metamorphosis, and Near Death Experience; by Warren Jefferson; ISBN-10 number 1570672121

I like that these seem to be very comprehensive volumes each on one specific culture/belief system, but you may be looking for something more general, and they seemed to have some books of that nature too.

(Disclaimer about my own foolishness- I kind of feel weird recommending books I haven't read about things/experiences I may not understand or believe in especially about such a weighty topic as life and death, so I'm sorry for my squeamishness and hope I don't annoy you or haven't given you bad recommendations. These seemed really good though.)
itzazoo
Jan. 8th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Not annoyed at all. I'm totally facinated about various religions and the after life. I am a sociologist and interested mainly for academic curiosity. I will check Amazon out. I'm generally a library reader. It didn't even occur to me to search Amazon! :P
muse_books
Jan. 7th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Well one of the early pioneers into the phenomena was Dr. Raymond Moody and his ground breaking work 'Life After Life' and he seems to have continued writing books.

http://www.lifeafterlife.com/

There is also 'Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death' by Chris Carter.

Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience by Pim van Lommel (another doctor).
itzazoo
Jan. 8th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions!
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