Death in the monotheistic religions

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(The ”danzas de la Muerte” are representative for the crisis in Spain in the Middle Ages. They are called “dance of Death“ in English. Burning Guyot Marchant, 1486.) In the Bible, the fourth horseman of Revelation 6 is called Death: … Read More

Passage graves

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(A simple passage grave in Carrowmore near Sligo in Ireland, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thap_passage_tomb.JPG) A passage grave is a generally a tomb from Neolithic. Some contain only one single room, while others may have sub-rooms accessible from the main burial chamber. The latter … Read More

Axiochos – the Socratic dialogue of Plato on the death

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Axiochus (Greek Ἀξίοχος / Axiochus) is a pseudo-dialogue (Socratic dialogue) on the death, attributed to Plato. The dialogue dated first century BC, and it is of Neopythagoreanism inspiration. The characters of dialogue Socrates Axiochus, uncle of the general Alcibiades Dialogue … Read More

Spiritism

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Spiritualism Spiritualism is a doctrine that affirms the existence of a superior and anterior entity to being. This doctrine also proclaims the existence of spiritual and moral values. However, it should not be confused spirituality and spiritualism. Spirituality, understood as … Read More

Funeral rites in Africa

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In the Dogon countries The funeral rite among the Dogon people takes place in three stages: Upon the death, a funeral is held. The body of the deceased is washed before being deposited in the open air through the cracks … Read More

Eternal Return in philosophy

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(Constantin Brâncuși, The Column of the Infinity, Târgu Jiu Park, Romania) The eternal return is an original Mesopotamian concept taken up by several philosophers, according to which the world history takes place cyclically. After thousands of years (“the Great Year”), … Read More

Religious funeral rites

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Buddhism For Buddhists, death is part of the life cycle. The relatives who remain alongside the deceased during his last moments expresses no pain so he can separate from this world with confidence. In the Tibetan tradition, the deceased’s body … Read More

Afterlife in different cultures and philosophies

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According to Hinduism In the Hinduism of Upanishad, Yâjñavalkya (sixth century BC), founder of Yajur Veda blanc, appears the concept of rebirth, reincarnation; in its Brihadâranyaka-Upanishad, appears the notion of retribution of merits and faults, karma means act, “moral act … Read More

Personification of Death

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(The Reaper is one of the Death allegories.) Death was represented as an anthropomorphic figure or as a fictional character in many mythologies and popular cultures. The personification of death as a living entity, conscious and sensitive, is linked to … Read More

Dolmens

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(Dolmen at Kerbourg, Loire-Atlantique, France) A dolmen is a prehistoric megalithic building consisting of one or several large capstones (tables) placed on vertical stones that serve as feet (orthostats). The whole was originally covered, maintained and protected by a heap … Read More

Death in religion (2)

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Hinduism Hindu believes in a life after death – the body is only a temporary material envelope. When the time comes to leave the life, it is said that all the faculties of action and excitement fold in the mind … Read More

5 things in life which cannot be recovered

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There are 5 things in life which cannot be recovered: – A stone, after you have thrown it; – A word, after you said it; – A chance, after you lost it; – Time, after it has passed; – Love, … Read More

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