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History_of_Gerontology[1] - Gerontology Gerontology is the...

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Gerontology Gerontology is the science of the processes of aging. The field began as an inquiry into the characteristics or qualities of long-lived people. In 1000 B.C. the average life span was 18 years, but some men lived to be 70 years old.
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Myths about Aging and Death Myths about aging and death usually are structured around one of three basic themes. Antediluvian theme Hyperborean theme Rejuvenation theme
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Antediluvian Theme Antediluvian theme emerges from the myths based on the belief that in the past people lived much longer. For example, in the book of Genesis, the life spans of the patriarchs are recorded. Adam 930 years Noah 950 years
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Antediluvian Theme (2) These themes stress means of avoiding death. These legends occur in other folklore. For example, the Ainu in North Japan believed that their forefathers had been able to rejuvenate themselves by shedding their skins like snakes.
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Hyperborean Theme This theme originated with the Greeks. They believed that in some distant place there was a culture or society whose people enjoy a remarkably long life. According to the traditions of ancient Greece, there dwells hyper ( beyond ) Boreas (the North Wind) a fortunate people free from all natural ills (Pindar)
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Rejuvenation Theme This theme often is expressed in legends of a fountain whose waters are purported to rejuvenate. In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon’s search for “the
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course EDHD 400 taught by Professor Robertson-tchabo during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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