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By Gregory Shushan

In an unique and leading edge piece of comparative study, Gregory Shushan analyses afterlife conceptions in 5 historical civilisations (Old and heart state Egypt, Sumerian and previous Babylonian Mesopotamia, Vedic India, pre-Buddhist China, and pre-Columbian Mesoamerica). those are thought of in gentle of old and modern studies of near-death stories, and shamanic afterlife 'journeys'. Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations is an important learn, for it offers a complete new comparative framework for the cross-cultural learn of fantasy and faith, whereas while delivering a desirable exploration of the interface among trust and adventure - in addition to a problem to post-modern scholarly attitudes touching on cross-cultural comparisons in the research of religions.  The e-book was once nominated for the 2011 Grawemeyer Award.

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It is also the case that status, not religion, is often the determining factor for corpse position, location, orientation, and grave goods (ibid. 270). Furthermore, even if the fact of prehistoric afterlife beliefs could be established, the nature of the conceptions is unknowable, let alone their origins. 75,000 bp are the common source of certain beliefs (including ‘the shamans’ concept of birth-death-rebirth’) across the world to this day. 200,000,000 bp – that is, around 199,800,000 years before homo sapiens originated in Africa.

Elbé (1906) has similar evolutionist problems, along with an apparent Theosophical agenda, and outdated science. Paton (1921) limited his sample to ancient traditions, though his outline of the evidence for spiritualism in antiquity in relation to the psychical research of his time has no real cross-cultural analysis or discussion. Hick’s (1976) landmark book compares afterlife beliefs cross-culturally (primarily in Christianity, the Vedas, and Buddhism), with some reference to parapsychology and much to philosophy.

Bierhorst 2002: 24). Despite the wide geographical and chronological expanses, development of these societies was entirely from within the Americas and without known interaction with non-American cultures. Nevertheless, some general parallels between Asian and Mesoamerican culture could suggest survivals from the ancient Chinese/Siberian origins. Though ‘not widely accepted’ (Trigger 2003: 38), the possibility of Central Asian shamanism migrating to the New World cannot be dismissed out of hand – indeed, shamanistic and spirit-beliefs are remarkably similar crossculturally in these societies even today (Crawford 1998: 25, 30–1).

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