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Readers of Death and the Afterlife: A Cultural Encyclopedia will locate that spending time with demise is life-giving in such a lot cultures this present day and all through historical past. The Underworld, even if the Greek Hades or the chinese language Yellow Springs, is not only a repository of the useless, however the resource of fertility, wealth, and hidden knowledge bestowed simply upon the adventurous who move the border among this global and the next.

This complete reference paintings includes 1000s of entries at the occasionally imprecise, advanced, and mysterious (but constantly interesting) funeral customs of dozens of cultures. greater than a meeting of knowledge, this reference attracts out the underlying which means of funeral and afterlife traditions. each one access is widely documented and contains the insights of considerate local authors and commentaries at once on the topic of the cultural subject handy. a subject finder by means of tradition, a bibliography, an index, and first resource references are incorporated.

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Belfast: Appletree Press, 1977.  Dublin: Glendale Press, 1986.  New York: Prentice Hall, 1991.  Three of these six Bardos are found during physical life; three are found in the afterdeath process.  Thus the descriptions of the Bardo states are very detailed, enabling one, it is thought, to recognize the process and thus exert some control over it.  As each basic energy fades into the next, the dying is said to feel particular unpleasant sensations and lose more physical abilities.  Now the dead person has truly died and plunged into the deepest nature of mind: a mystical union that is empty of all content.

In the Norse Volsunga Saga one king sits on a mound to receive a son, and in the Helgi poems a young prince meets his guardian spirit on a mound, who gives him his name and tells him of his high destiny.  Likewise the Irish Fionn and his men rest beneath a hill in the Highlands, only to arise in some future crisis. See also CAIRN; FAIRY MOUND; MAUSOLEUM; MEGALITHIC TOMB; MOUND; SÍD; TUMULUS.  Dent and Sons, 1970.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991. ” Antiquity 10 (1936).  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1943.

New York: Jonathan David Publishers, 1969.  London: Jewish Chronicle Publications, 1964.  New York: Schocken Books, 1974. ): There was a wide­mouthed cavern, deep and vast and rugged, sheltered by a shadowed lake and darkened groves; such vapor poured from those black jaws to heaven’s vault, no bird could fly above unharmed (for which the Greeks have called the place “Aornos,” or “The Birdless”).  With it he was able to persuade Charon, the Underworld ferryman, to take him across the River Styx (“Hated”) and eventually gain entrance into Elysion in order to consult with his father, Anchises.

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