Myths of The Afterlife - Annamaria Hemingway

Almost all religious mythologies contain the primordial motif and affirmation of death followed by rebirth and portray the posthumous journey of the deceased. Myths of The Afterlife exists in all cultures, from those of ancient civilisations to modern-day living faiths. Although human consciousness has evolved over time, the mystery of death remains beyond rational perception and gives rise to feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Inquiring whether death m ay be a transition to rebirth requires looking back into the universal language of myth, which symbolises the germ of life existing in an afterlife state. As will be shown, this ancient archetypal model of the "otherworldly journey" and resurrection continues to make its presence felt in the mystical states of consciousness accessed in contemporary near-death experiences and deathbed visions.