Death, Mortality, And The Afterlife

938 WordsMay 12, 20164 Pages
Freud once said that death is inevitable and yet inconceivable. The idea of death, mortality, and afterlife has been a question for the human race since the beginning of time. Throughout time and space these ideas have changed and have been modified according to their own views depending in what region they were born in and the time period. To look at what has changed over the periods we have to look at our history starting with writings like the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Hebrew texture, the Bible and many more stories both historical and religious. All trying to answer the same questions regarding death, mortality and the afterlife. There are 5 immortality narratives that define the human process staying alive, resurrection, soul, a legacy, and wisdom. One of the most historical books that we have of early era is Epic of Gilgamesh. The concept of death, mortality and the afterlife are all the major themes of the book. Gilgamesh who is not fearful of death in his youth and even considers a good death realized that he was not going to be remembered, goes out to make himself immortal with is friend Enkidu. After a battle his best friend Enkidu gets hurt and dies which makes Gilgamesh broken and afraid of death. After Enkidu’s death Gilgamesh goes out to find eternal life but at the end realizes that the only way to stay alive forever is to do good things in life and leave a make on the world and for Gilgamesh it was the walls of Uruk. So the basic view of the Sumerians was that

More about Death, Mortality, And The Afterlife

Open Document