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“Immortal Longings”: Love-Death, Rebirth, and Union Through Life After Life

  • Ruth Vanita

Abstract

If marriage is a public statement of a couple’s intent to live together, joint suicide or love death, wherein a couple express their commitment by dying together, can also function as a type of marriage—a public statement of intent to unite forever. This “forever” may be conceived of as a real site—the next world, the afterlife, or future lives. It may also be the “forever” of memory and history—death may make visible and public on this earth a love that society would not permit to be consummated in marriage.

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Newspaper Report Male Couple Wedding Ceremony Funerary Rite Suicide Note 
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Chapter 4 “Immortal Longings”: Love-Death, Rebirth, and Union Through Life After Life

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