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Approaching Afterlife Imagery: A Contemporary Glance At Ancient Concepts Of Otherworldly Dimensions

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This chapter focuses on a few preliminary aspects in approaching ancient imageries of the otherworld. In the context of the author's discipline, the study of religion, this chapter remarks upon the opportunities for, and attendant problems of, a comparative approach to such a vast array of conceptions of the otherworld. How might one engage in a profitable exchange with philological, exegetical and theological approaches to this topic? The author's thoughts on this question are articulated in three interrelated sections. Firstly, the author begins with a few hermeneutical remarks aimed at situating contemporary interest in otherworldly concepts in ancient religions. The second stage offers some methodological observations on comparative analysis. Finally, attention is drawn to the various media one is considering to reconstruct religious images on existential and cosmological dimensions of human life.

Keywords: afterlife imageries; ancient religions; cosmological dimensions; otherworldly concepts



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