TU Professor William McCorkle Publishes 'Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased'

New Book is Part of the Toronto Series in Religion

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, TIFFIN, OH— Peter Lang Inc. has published a new book by TU Professor Dr. William (Lee) W. McCorkle, Jr.  Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased: From Corpse to Concept is volume number 40 is the Toronto Series in Religion, edited by Professor Donald Wiebe of the University of Toronto.

The book is available at all major bookstores, as well as online through Amazon.

McCorkle is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, History and the Social Sciences at the Ivy Bridge College at Tiffin University.  He is an evolutionary and cognitive anthropologist interested in ritual, language and communication.

Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased traces mortuary behavior from the early fossil record to modern religious contexts in diverse cultural settings,” McCorkle explains. “By using archival and ethnographic evidence from Buddhist traditions, the book highlights the disparity between doctrines that contradict actual practices performed by Buddhists themselves.”

He adds that by appealing to the evolved cognitive architecture of human minds, his research argues that ritualized disposal behavior is the by-product of mental systems designed to handle living people. “Due to complex social intelligence, humans are compelled to handle dead people in ritualized behaviors and to represent them in counterintuitive ways,” he says.

McCorkle earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University in Belfast, one of the world's premiere centers for research on cognition, culture, and religion. He has conducted fieldwork in India and Japan and devised original experiments to test his theory on the ritualized burial of dead bodies by humans. He regularly gives papers and presentations internationally on the psychology of human behavior.

More information about the new book is available by visiting the publisher’s website at: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=54314&concordeid=311010

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