Nature Of The Soul : Before Birth And After Death

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Nature of the Human Soul: Before Birth and After Death

The soul is defined as the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being regarded as immortal. In the Iliad, Homer describes the soul as a double. It is similar in all physical aspects to our bodies (height, weight, voice, eyes), and yet it is beyond the physical (Rice and Stambaugh p. 185). The soul is believed to be the immortal part of all humans. The nature of the human soul was always a subject of consideration for the ancient Greeks. It is well known that the Greeks did not believe in one type of afterlife. Some of the more common views of the afterlife include those of Hades, the final destination for all the dead. Other views introduced new ideas of different circles within Hades, such as the Elysian Fields. Although there is vast knowledge from the Greeks about what happens to the soul after death, there is minimal speculation about how the soul originated in the first place.
The mythical origins of the soul cannot be fully explained without knowledge of mythical cosmogony. According to the theory of Hesiod’s creation myth, in the beginning nothing but chaos and emptiness existed in the universe. Following chaos came Gaia (Earth) and Eros (love). Gaia and Eros were also believed to be Titans. In fact, they were the parents of Cronos and the second generation of Titans. The origins of Gaia and Eros are not specified. Despite this, Gaia (Earth) is believed to have come into existence for the sole purpose of
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