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Essay sample - The Primitives, Burials and Myths of Mesopotamia
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
[Student’s Name] [Instructor’s Name] [Course name and code] 11 October 2011. The primitives, burials and myths of Mesopotamia Beliefs about death and life after death have conventionally varied from one culture to another. Different civilizations perceived death and the deceased differently…
Some cultures believed that everybody will be in the same circumstances while others thought that one’s fortune in the afterlife is governed by one’s deeds on this world. This paper identifies the way the first civilization of Mesopotamia buried their dead and their myths about the afterlife. People of the first civilization of Mesopotamia have linked the destination after death to a geographic site. They believed that down beneath the crust of the Earth, there is a whole underworld that is the death resort. This dreary and dusty imaginary underworld was famous among them win the name “Dark Earth”. People of the first civilization of Mesopotamia believed that they can find their way to the underworld through any hole on the face of Earth, whether it is a cave, a ditch or a well. The Mesopotamians knew little about the afterlife but that a ferry man took the dead from their graves and escorted them to the underworld. Mesopotamian myths have frequently revolved around the search for eternal life. Some of them believed that a man once rode over an eagle and reached the heaven. There was yet another myth in which a goddess made the wife of a king and both ended up in the underworld. Anunnaki were defined by the Mesopotamians as the judges of the dead. They were known to be seven in number and live in a palace of justice. ...
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