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Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in by Christopher M. Moreman

By Christopher M. Moreman

In each tradition all through heritage, humans have requested an identical basic query approximately what's going to ensue to them once they die. From the underworld to the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel, ideals and reports of dying abound. or even although we can't be aware of needless to say what occurs to us after demise, our realizing of the afterlife could have a profound impression on how we are living. past the brink is the 1st booklet to significantly learn the afterlife in the course of the lens of either international religions and metaphysical stories. Christopher M. Moreman comprises an creation to the afterlife ideals of old cultures, that are necessary to figuring out the roots of many sleek rules approximately demise. He examines the folklore and doctrines of significant global religions, together with Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He additionally discusses psychic phenomena throughout traditions, resembling mediums, near-death and out-of-body reviews, and past-life thoughts. whereas finally the afterlife continues to be unknowable, Moreman's detailed, in-depth exploration of either ideals and stories will help readers succeed in their very own knowing of the afterlife and the way to reside. No different ebook within the box techniques the problem of the afterlife from such a lot of angles, yet Moreman weaves them skillfully jointly into an obtainable and interesting ebook.

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Most notably, three main schools of Jewish thought appear in the records. The Sadducees, who formed the upper class clergy, argued for a more traditional approach, regarding death as the ultimate conclusion of one’s days. 16 It was a group known as the Pharisees, on the other hand, who argued in favor of feeding the hopes of the masses for divine retribution in the afterlife. This notion, having the backing of the majority of the population, not surprisingly became the main line of thought. The third group, the Essenes, represented the mystical school and were concerned with a monastic way of life, taking a position somewhere in between the two main alternatives.

Herodotus, The Histories, trans. A. de Selincourt (Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1972), 5:92, p. 377. 64. E. R. Dodds, “Supernormal Phenomena in Classical Antiquity,” in The Ancient Concept of Progress: And Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief (Oxford: Clarenden, 1973), p. 169. 65. D. Felton, Haunted Greece and Rome: Ghost Stories From Classical Antiquity (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999), p. 21. 66. As per, Lucretius, for example: On the Nature of the Universe, trans. R. E. Latham (London: Penguin, 1994), p.

1) Something of the human personality—an aspect called the psyche, or later, daemon—was thought to survive the death of the body. There are actually three aspects of the soul described: the psyche, thymos, and noos. The thymos is the conscious, feeling soul, and the noos is the action and seat of intelligent seeing. They belong to the body and perish with it. 32 (2) The surviving aspect resided in some specific location. This location was variously held to be either within the tomb, somewhere beneath the earth, or even far away at the edge of the known world.

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