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.
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.
Acknowledgments Introduction I. Where Are We Now? Euripides Said We May Be Already Dead II. How to Live Forever without a God or an Immortal Soul If Either Eternal Recurrence or Eternalism Is Correct, Scientific Skepticism May Be Groundless III. Information for the Nihilists A Guide for the Metaphysically Impaired IV. Souls and Other Worlds Some Interesting Traditions V. The Trek of Souls Accounts of the Death Journey VI. Afterlife How to Enter Other Worlds VII. Ghosts and Specters When the Dead Are Here VIII. Communicating with the Dead From Necromancy to Scrying Afterword Appendix I A Quick Guide to a Good Death The Tibetan Way of Death Appendix II Reincarnation Some Possibilities Appendix III How to Have an Out-of-Body Experience Appendix IV A Seance Procedure to Contact the Dead Bibliography Index