Duration and manifestations of a mourning

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(Mary, Queen of Scots, in deuil blanc c. 1559 following the deaths of her father-in-law, mother, and first husband Francis II of France) The period of mourning is very variable, according to the suffering of the person. It can range … Read More

Ghosts

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(The statue of Anna Chromý at the entrance to the Estates Theatre in Prague, where took place the first performance of Don Giovanni in 1787, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prag10p.jpg) A ghost is an apparition, a vision or illusion, interpreted as a supernatural manifestation … Read More

Fountain of Youth

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(The fountain of youth, seen by Lucas Cranach (1546)) The fountain of youth, fountain of life or fountain of immortality, is an immortality or perpetual rejuvenation symbol. This mythical fountain seems to derive from the Bible and classical mythology and … Read More

Funeral rites in France

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(The old cemetery of Vesoul, France, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vesoul_Ancien_cimeti%C3%A8re.jpg) Various ancient burial rites are known to have as origins the prehistoric, ancient and Gallic times. In the Middle Ages, the man seems relatively consenting to death but around the fourteenth century, the … Read More

Reincarnation

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(Representation of reincarnation in Hinduism, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reincarnation_AS.jpg?uselang=fr) Reincarnation (back in the flesh) is a survival process after death in which a certain immaterial and individual principle ( “soul”, “vital substance”, “individual conscience”, “energy” or “spirit”) would perform passages of successive lives … Read More

Mourning (Grief)

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Mourning is a reaction and a feeling of sadness experienced after the death of a relative. Often associated with pain, mourning is also seen as a necessary process of issuing, named resilience. When an event causes a crisis in the … Read More

Mediumship

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Mediumship is the act of communicating with spirits. According to spiritualism, mediumship is defined as an ability for communication between men and spirits. Mediums are deemed subjects gifted to communicate with the dead in order to get information about the … Read More

Lanterns of the Dead

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(Lantern of the Dead at Cellefrouin in the Charente department, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cellefrouin_lanterne3.JPG) A lantern of the dead is a masonry building, variable in shape, often slender, round-shaped, usually hollow and topped by an openwork pavilion (three openings), in which at dusk … Read More

Cenotaphs

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(Kuala Lumpur cenotaph, National Monument, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KL_Cenotaph.jpg) Cenotaph – from the Greek κενοτάφιον: kenos (empty) and taphos (tomb) – is a monument that contains no body, erected to the memory of a person or group of persons, whose … Read More

Relations of spiritualism to science

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(A modern Ouija board plus planchette) Consistent with David Prado, with the rise of spiritualism, a component will feed his system of thought and practice. These are the “sciences”. At the time, the scientific world was strongly “fascinated” by “table-turnings”, … Read More

Funeral rites in Scotland

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(Memorial Cairn of MacArthur family, pipers of MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, Isle of Skye. In the background are the ruins of Duntulm, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Duntulm_%26_Cairn_Macarthur.JPG?uselang=fr) During the vigil, the death bodies have traditionally open face and his shroud was once generally … Read More

Metempsychosis

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Metempsychosis (Ancient Greek μετεμψύχωσις / metempsúkhôsis, soul transmigration, from μετά and ψυχή/psukhḗ) is the transition, the transfer of a soul in another body, that it will animate. The metempsychosism is the belief that one soul can animate successively more human … Read More

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