Death And Its Effect On Death

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No one wants to die. Even people who want seek their religious salvation after death, do not want to die to get there. Whether you fear it, embrace it, or recognize death as something other than the biological end of your life, death is the destination we all share as no one has ever escaped it. However you feel about death, it’s probably a result of how you’ve been conditioned to the idea of death. What a culture believes happens during and after death, whether there is an afterlife and what that afterlife might be like, morality, and fate greatly shapes how an individual feels and embraces death. Taking a closer look at how some different cultures throughout time such as the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and Romans, and native American Indians we can see how this universal human experience isn’t so universal outside the biological end of the physical body. Death of the physical body can come in all forms at any moment. The cessation of organs, breath, brain activity, and vital functions is the medical definition of death, however to some cultures this isn’t an accurate representation of the end of the physical body. What these three cultures have in common is that they believed the physical body was a vessel for the spirit and was signified the end of the person life on earth with a transition to the afterlife. For instance, the ancient Egyptians believed humans were made up of both physical and non physical elements, the body making up the physical element. Due to

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