A new study looks at what types of people are more likely to have near-death experiences. Researchers surveyed 55 people who'd had a near-death experience (NDE) and 55 who had not. The experience was defined as a life-threatening episode such as a car accident or heart attack when the person experienced a variety of feelings, including: * a sense of unusual peace … [Read more...]
What happens to us after we die? For millennia, theologians and philosophers have debated whether we cease to exist or if we will experience some type of afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation. The articles below explore the topic of death.
Here's a tragic case of an exorcism gone wrong in South Africa. Twenty year old Faranah Essop underwent an eight-hour exorcism by two Hindu spiritual healers and died in the process. The details sound more like she was suffering from mental illness than demon possession but superstitious cultures rarely make that distinction. Faranah was beaten with a whip (or a veerajati, … [Read more...]
Europe went through a number of political shifts and social transformations during the period between 1000 and 1700 which played a huge role in the rise of mysticism, the Protestant Reformation, and the witch craze. … [Read more...]
In Aztec mythology, Mictlantecuhtli was the skeletal god of death who ruled over Mictlan, the underworld, with his wife, Mictlancihuatl. After the restoration of the sky and earth by Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl, the two gods decide to create people to inhabit the new world. In order to do this, Quetzalcoatl travels to the underworld to retrieve the human bones of the … [Read more...]
Hun Came and Vucub Came (One Death and Seven Death) are the principle death gods of the Mayan underworld, Xibalba. According to the Popol Vuh, one day, the twins, Hun Hunahpu and Vucub Hunahpu, were playing ball with Hun Hunahpu's sons, Hun Batz and Hun Chouen. The ball court is on earth, but also led to the underworld. Hun Came and Vucub Came, the death gods, became … [Read more...]