One of the great mysteries of life is death. What happens to people when they die?
Where do they go? Is that the end of the journey, or just the beginning?
Are they completely dead or is there an inner soul that continues to live?
Throughout the cultures of the world, the dead are buried in different ways. In the western world a coffin in an underground grave is the typical burial.
The Buddhists of Tibet prefer a “sky burial” where the dead are prayed for then given over to devouring vultures.
A visit to Cairo will show you the mummies of the pharaohs and the great pyramids in which they were buried.
You may have witnessed the Hindu open cremations on the Indian Ganges river. Here the remains are ceremoniously sprinkled into the flowing river.
Archaeologists have discovered thousands of graves from ancient Persia; all buried in the cracks of a cliff face on the much-loved “mountain of mercy”, Rahmat Mountain.
The destination of the dead polarises the world. In the Christian faith many believe the “soul” goes straight to heaven, (or maybe hell).
Others believe in a place called purgatory – an area of spiritual cleansing prior to heaven. “Limbo” is a place for people who are not good enough for heaven, but not bad enough for hell.
To some religions, the afterlife is spent in a place called “paradise”.
For many in the world there is simply no destination for the dead.