Mythology. The Death Motif by Chandra & Sheena. Theme. In each death story there are many different characteristics that classify it as a death motif. Such as: Death being a positive thing Life vs. Death A way to come back Nature representing spirits Fear of Death
The Death Motif
Chandra & Sheena
In each death story there are many different characteristics that classify it as a death motif.
Each characteristic is incorporated into most of the death stories one can find. To be able to call it a “death motif story,” it must be all about death. The Lion King is an example that doesn’t fit into this category.
Every culture has its own version of death and the afterlife, the ones present were Greek, African, Egyptian, Indian, with a couple of religions; Christianity and Buddhism.
Each culture has a different outlook on what the afterlife is, if there is belief of one. In the stories read, the following cultures were present; Greek, Egyptian, African, Indian, with a couple religions thrown in; Christianity and Buddhism. Within all of these cultures, there are vast differences in how they perceive the afterlife. In Greek mythology, the Underworld is hidden within the earth. While in Egyptian mythology, the Underworld is called "Duat" which is a place where dead souls are sent to be judged by Osiris. In the Indian culture, Anguta, the gatherer of the dead, forces the souls to sleep with him for a year. In Buddhism, the souls are reincarnated, by Yama, the judge of the dead, decided what happens to them, depending on what they did in their life. Hence: karma. Naraka is where the bad souls are sent to live their afterlife.
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