A Traveler's Guide to the Afterlife: Traditions and Beliefs on Death, Dying, and What Lies Beyond (Paperback)

A Traveler's Guide to the Afterlife: Traditions and Beliefs on Death, Dying, and What Lies Beyond By Mark Mirabello, Ph.D. Cover Image
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A grand survey of the world’s death and afterlife traditions throughout history

• Examines beliefs from many different cultures on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation; instructions for accessing the different worlds of the afterlife; how one may become a god; and how ethics and the afterlife may not be connected

• Explores techniques to communicate with the dead, including séance instructions

• Includes an extensive bibliography of more than 900 sources from around the world

Drawing on death and afterlife traditions from cultures around the world, Mark Mirabello explores the many forms of existence beyond death and each tradition’s instructions to access the afterlife. He examines beliefs on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation and wisdom from Books of the Dead such as the Book of Going Forth by Day from Egypt, the Katha Upanishad from India, the Bardo Thodol from Tibet, the Golden Orphic Tablets from Greece, Lieh Tzu from China, and Heaven and its Wonders and Hell from Things Heard and Seen from 18th-century Europe.

Considering the question “What is Death?” Mirabello provides answers from a wide range of ancient and modern thinkers, including scientist Nicholas Maxwell, the seer Emanuel Swedenborg, 1st-century Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, and Greek philosopher Euripides, who opined that we may already be dead and only dreaming we are alive. He explores the trek of the soul through life and death with firsthand accounts of the death journey and notes that what is perceived as death here may actually be life somewhere else. He reveals how, in many traditions, ethics and the afterlife are not connected and how an afterlife is possible even without a god or a soul. Sharing evidence that consciousness is not simply a product of the brain, he offers a strong rebuttal to nihilists, materialists, and the Lokayata philosophical school of India who believe in the “finality” of death. He explains how specters and ghosts are produced and offers techniques to communicate with the dead as well as instructions for an out-of-body experience and the complete procedure for a séance.

With an extensive bibliography of more than 900 sources, this guide offers comprehensive information on afterlife beliefs from the vast majority of cultures around the world and throughout history--a veritable “traveler’s guide” to the afterlife.

About the Author

Mark Mirabello, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Shawnee State University in Ohio and a former visiting professor of history at Nizhny Novgorod University in Russia. He has appeared on Ancient Aliens and America’s Book of Secrets on the History Channel as well as in the documentary The Kingdom of Survival. He is the author of The Odin Brotherhood, Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws, and the Pulitzer-nominated novella The Cannibal Within. He received his master’s from the University of Virginia and his doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He lives in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Praise For…

“People interested in the research of survival of physical death will find in A Traveler’s Guide to the Afterlife a compelling wealth of information. People who are not interested in the subject will benefit from the author’s erudition and his remarkable exploration of the sacred Eastern and Western traditions.”
— Anabela Cardoso, retired Portuguese senior career diplomat, editor in chief of the ITC Journal, and

“An extraordinary exploration of humankind’s collective wisdom about what lies on the other side of death.”
— Matthew McKay, Ph.D., author of Seeking Jordan

“What stands out in this traveler’s guide to the afterlife is how great minds throughout Earth’s history have over and over said that reincarnation, the recycling of souls, is the machinery of the universe. This book reinforces the importance of the soul in the mind-body-spirit complex that humans are; it should inspire all readers to do what they can to strengthen their soul while alive in the matter world.”
— Linda Moulton Howe, Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and reporter and editor of Earthfile

“I have been hoping to find a resource like this for years. Mark’s book has become one of my most valuable reference tools for information on multicultural, multispiritual perspectives on death and the afterlife. The research is impeccable.”
— Rev. Terri Daniel, CT, founder of the Death Awareness Institute and The Afterlife Conference

“The suspense of death often kills us, figuratively speaking. That unknown door we all inevitably walk through stands as the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ that we all choose to ignore. In this book Mark Mirabello has accumulated the most extensive knowledge on death and the afterlife; it is enough to make a believer out of the skeptic. After reading this book you will face that unknown door with no suspense but instead a sense of wonder and excitement.”
— Jason Gregory, author of Enlightenment Now and The Science and Practice of Humility

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620555972
ISBN-10: 1620555972
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English