Tales of Lights and Shadows (Hardcover)
Mythology of the Afterlife
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 9781441170033, 176pp.
Publication Date: September 12, 2010
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Robert Ellwood depicts the many rich mythologies of the afterlife from the ancient Mesopotamians, Japanese, Greeks of the Homeric era, to Christian views of heaven or the Buddhist western paradise. He explores views of the concept of reincarnation as well as the arduous preparation for the afterlife that must be taken in some traditions. Ellwood concludes by looking at the way varying views of the afterlife influence religious and even secular culture, and how in turn culture can influence the popular heavens and hells of the time and place.