978-1-901663-41-9 / 1901663418

Heaven and Hell: And Other Worlds of the Dead

by Sheridan, Alison

Publisher:Natl Museums of Scotland



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The author presents a new international exploration of morality and the afterlife in Heaven and Hell -- a varied look at how we treat our dead, physically and spiritually. Fascinating pictures of artefacts and objects -- from China to Mexico -- are spread throughout the book. Together with illuminating text, we are given the chance to easily compare different funeral, religious and seemingly strange traditions and beliefs world-wide. What are the beliefs behind cannibalism, mummification, cremation and Viking Burials?; What are the journeys that those who have died are supposed to take?; What goods have our ancestors given the dead to make for a better afterlife, and why?; What is the role of mediators such as shamans?. Mankind has had an almost universal belief in some form of immortality. Let the practices and beliefs of other cultures be your guide into the realm of the afterlife.

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