From teasing to heart breaks to physical attacks, what if everything is noted by someone invisible to human eye. They say everything we do on earth has a judgement day after the soul leaves the body. Lets check some Ancient myths & concepts.
Ancient Egyptian Concept
Mummies to the book of dead, ancient Egyptian concepts have always been fascinating to know more about. The most ancient & earliest records of afterlife was made by the Ancient Egyptian religion & people.
They say reward in afterlife require a sin-free heart and should be able to read the spells, passwords and formulae of the Book of the Dead. If the heart was lighter than the feather, they could pass on, but if it were heavier they would be devoured Ammit, a demoness and goddess, living in the Egyptian underworld with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus, and crocodile, the three largest “man-eating” animals known to ancient Egyptians. Ammit was also sometimes said to stand by a lake of fire. In some traditions, the unworthy hearts were cast into the fiery lake to be destroyed.
They believed, being mummified and put in a coffin was the only way to have an afterlife.
Ancient Greek and Roman religions
Both have a similar concept on life after death. The underworld is the place where souls live after death.
Hermes, the messenger of the gods, would take the dead soul of a person to the underworld. Then he would leave the soul on the banks of the River Styx, the river between life and death. Charon, the ferry-man, would take the soul across the river to Hades. But they could be crossed only if the soul has gold, so during burial their families kept gold coin under tongue.
The Greek god Hades is known in Greek mythology as the king of the underworld. Once crossed, the soul would be judged by 3 other gods. The Elysian Fields were for the ones that lived pure lives. It consisted of green fields, valleys and mountains, the dreamy world.
Tartarus was for the people who did evil things in life, the soul would be punished by being burned in lava just like hell.
Those whose sins equaled their goodness, were not judged. The Fields of Punishment were for people that had sins, but not so much as to be deserving of Tartarus.
Quiet a justified concept & my favorite. Romans had the same concept with different names for the Gods.
The Age of Enlightenment, made a detailed concept on Heaven & Hell. They carried the common details on God deciding us to be put in Heaven or Hell according to what we have done during our life on Earth.
Marriage in heaven (where all angels are married), children in heaven (where they are raised by angel parents), time and space in heaven (there are none), & a many more sections come across their belief.
The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, & other important Hindu scripts, talks extensively about the afterlife. Lord Krishna says that its just as a man changes his old clothes and wears new ones; similarly the soul discards the old body and takes on a new one, it could be any form, animal or human.
Our soul keeps changing by body until we get moksha or salvation, and staying finally with supreme God forever.
Heaven is Jannah and Hell is Jahannam when comes to Islam beliefs. Just like other religions, Islam teaches that the purpose of Man’s entire creation is to worship God alone, which includes being kind to other human beings and life, including animals, and to trees, by not oppressing them.
Jannah and Jahannam both have different levels. During the Judgment day souls will be sent to a level that we deserve.
Just like all the above religions, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism & all other religions have similar concepts of Life after death. Be it true or just a belief, it is important to be pure by heart. Even if this concepts arent true, Nature has the power to remove humanity from earth.
Religions should be carried to teach goodness, not to be selfish & differentiate each other as communities.
Do Good Until You Leave…..