GODS, HEROES, AND DEATH

The Descent of Ishtar to the Nether World
Gilgamesh in Search of Immortality

DEATH AND THE INTERMEDIATE STATE

The Moment of Death as Described by the Upanishads
The Buddhist Conception of the Intermediate State
Tibetan Book of the Dead: Death and Intermediate States

FUNERARY RITUALS

A Vedic Funerary Hymn
The Aztec Funerary Ritual

EGYPTIAN CONCEPTIONS OF DEATH

The Dead Pharaoh Ascends to Heaven
The Dead Pharaoh Becomes Osiris
Osiris- The Prototype of Every Soul Who Hopes to Conquer Death
Survival as Ba, Survival in the Tomb are Complementary
The Egyptian Land of Silence and Darkness

THE ROADS TO THE NETHER WORLD

The Initiates in the Orphic-Pythagorean Brotherhood
The Iranian Afterlife: Crossing the Cinvat Bridge
A Siberian Funerary Ceremony
The Winnebago Indian Road to the Land of the Dead
The Road to the Soul's World: Thompson River Tribes
Journey to the Land of the Grandfather: Guarayu Belief
A Polynesian Journey into the Nether World

GREEK-ROMAN CONCEPTIONS OF DEATH AND IMMORTALITY

'Even in the house of Hades there is left something. . .' :Homer
'The mead of asphodel, where the spirits dwell. . .'
A Roman View of the Afterlife
Empedocles on the Transmigration of the Soul
Plato on Transmigration: Myth of Er
Plato on the Immortality of the Soul

ORPHEUS MYTHS

A Polynesian Orpheus
A Californian Orpheus: Tachi Yokut Myth

THE END OF THE WORLD

Ahura Mazda Teaches Yima How to Save all that is Best
The Buddha Foretells the Gradual Decline of Religion
Muhammad Speaks of the Day of Doom

MESSIANIC PROPHECIES AND MILLENARIAN MOVEMENTS

The Prophecy Concerning Maitreya, the Future Buddha
Nichiren Sees Japan as the Centre of Buddhism's Regeneration
The Ghost Dance Religion (Sioux): The Ceremony
John Frum: A Millenarian Movement in Tanna

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