When we speak of the afterlife, we’re pointing to a belief that a spirit, soul or energy continues after death.
This belief arguably dates back to prehistoric times (115,000 – 200,000 years ago) where archeologists have found Homo neanderthalensis in Israel and Spain buried with food items, tools and possibly weapons in hand, often in the fetal position facing sunrise or sunset.
Some scholars maintain that we cannot know the precise meaning of these ancient burial practices. Others say they point to a belief in the afterlife.
Historically speaking, most if not all world religions are premised on the belief in life after death. And the vast majority include some kind of scenario where the soul may travel to various heavens, hells or underworlds.
Recent studies on near death experiences (NDEs) support the idea of an afterlife, although skeptical scientists say that NDEs are hallucinations caused by oxygen shortage.
- Let’s Read This Editorial: “The Importance of the Afterlife. Seriously.” – Daysjia Black (newsonpaper.com)
- Brazilian millionaire buries Bentley Flying Spur for afterlife use (worldcarfans.com)
- Near-death experiences shed light on views of afterlife (bluedragonjournal.com)
- Professor Stephen Hawking (youonlygettoliveitonce.wordpress.com)
- Afterlife. (veritai.wordpress.com)
- Near Death Experiences Explained by New Study? (guardianlv.com)