Myth, Lore and Legends of Death


Myth, Lore and Legends of Death

The story of death from all cultures through time. Rituals, beliefs and Gods.

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Death is the center of many traditions and organizations, and is a feature of every culture around the world. Much of this revolves around the care of the dead, as well as the afterlife and the disposal of bodies upon the onset of death. The disposal of human corpses does, in general, begin with the last offices before significant time has passed, and ritualistic ceremonies often occur, most commonly interment or cremation. This is not a unified practice, however, as in Tibet for instance the body is given a sky burial and left on a mountain top. Proper preparation for death and techniques and ceremonies for producing the ability to transfer one's spiritual attainments into another body (reincarnation) are subjects of detailed study in Tibet. Mummification or embalming is also prevalent in some cultures, to retard the rate of decay.

Legal aspects of death are also part of many cultures, particularly the settlement of the deceased estate and the issues of inheritance and in some countries, inheritance taxation.

Capital punishment is also a culturally divisive aspect of death. In most jurisdictions where capital punishment is carried out today, the death penalty is reserved for premeditated murder, espionage, treason, or as part of military justice. In some countries, sexual crimes, such as adultery and sodomy, carry the death penalty, as do religious crimes such as apostasy, the formal renunciation of one's religion. In many retentionist countries, drug trafficking is also a capital offense. In China human trafficking and serious cases of corruption are also punished by the death penalty. In militaries around the world courts-martial have imposed death sentences for offenses such as cowardice, desertion, insubordination, and mutiny.

Death in warfare and in suicide attack also have cultural links, and the ideas of dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, mutiny punishable by death, grieving relatives of dead soldiers and death notification are embedded in many cultures. Suicide missions in a host of other conflicts in history, death for a cause by way of suicide attack, and martyrdom have had significant cultural impacts.

Suicide in general, and particularly euthanasia, are also points of cultural debate. Both acts are understood very differently in different cultures. In Japan, for example, ending a life with honor by seppuku was considered a desirable death, whereas according to traditional Christian and Islamic cultures, suicide is viewed as a sin. Death is personified in many cultures, with such symbolic representations as the Grim Reaper, Azrael and Father Time

Discussion Forum

The Seven Sermons to the Dead Septem Sermones ad Mortuos by Carl Gustav Jung, 1916 (Translation by H. G. Baynes) 7 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 1, 2014.

Threefold Death by Porcelain Doll

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 15, 2013.

Je fis de Macabre la danse by Porcelain Doll

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Nov 7, 2012.

Memento Mori

Started by SunKat Oct 12, 2012.

Ars Moriendi

Started by SunKat Oct 12, 2012.

Garlands for the Deaths of English Maidens

Started by SunKat Jul 30, 2012.

Jade burial suit 1 Reply

Started by SunKat. Last reply by tealasilverre Jun 26, 2012.

Igorot ways of death 1 Reply

Started by alpha. Last reply by SunKat Jun 25, 2012.

A Norse Funeral

Started by SunKat May 3, 2012.

Underworld Lore by Porcelain Doll

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 3, 2012.

The Ancient Egyptian Concept of the Soul

Started by SunKat Dec 19, 2011.

Aokigahara Forest of Suicides (Japan) 3 Replies

Started by Fae Oonagh. Last reply by miyoko canter Nov 28, 2011.

The Sourtoe Cocktail Club 3 Replies

Started by Fae Oonagh. Last reply by miyoko canter Nov 28, 2011.

The myth of Samhain: "Celtic god of the dead"

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Nov 3, 2011.

Danse Macabre

Started by SunKat Oct 26, 2011.

The History Of Samhain And Halloween

Started by SunKat Oct 24, 2011.

death in the victorian household- by ೋღDark Fyreღೋ

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 26, 2011.

Select Cross-Cultural and Historical Personifications of Death

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 19, 2011.

The origin of Death by Richard Hooker

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 9, 2011.

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Comment by SunKat on October 12, 2012 at 7:09pm

"Death and the Miser" by Hieronymus Bosch (1490). This painting was inspired by a 15th century book of prayers entitled: Ars Moriendi (the art of dying): a handbook on the proper way of dying.

Comment by Charles Knutson on July 21, 2012 at 12:16pm

Just a little something I wrote a while ago about various Celtic versions of Escorts to the Afterlife

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 13, 2012 at 11:54am

Lithuanions named death Giltine was seen as old woman with a long blue noiseand a poisonus tonuge. legend goes she was young and pretty but she was trapped in a coffin. for 7 years.The Goddess of death was a sister to The Goddess of life the relation ship between them was called beginning and end.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 3, 2012 at 11:05am

Each culture h as a different way of looking and seeing this being. here are just 2 examples i will be adding a few more as time goes by. In The Hellenic viewpoint.Death was seen as inevitable and not evil at all.Death was seen as a bearded and winged man.Death can also be seen as a young boy as well.Death s counterpart was life. death was seen as kind , gentle and Justice .He would escort the dead to Hades .Which in turn he would hand them over to Charon .Who would ferry them across the river Acheron .If Charon did not get paid the soul would remain on the other side of the river for a hundred years. his sisters were the Keres which were know as the spirits of the violent death. In The Celtic culture death was seen as a spectral figure know as the Ankou.The Ankou was said to be the spirit of the last person who died in the community. He would appear as a a tall haggard figure with a wide hat.Sometimes has a skeleton head that can see every one and every where at all times.AnKou drives a deathly cart that has a pile of corpses and makes a creaking sound.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 3, 2012 at 11:04am

In Poland, death was know as Smeieric,. in this version Death was seen as wearing a white robe and is female This version of death is mostly seen as old skeletal woman. in Nordic she know as Pesta meaning plague hag due to the black plague. She always worn a black hood.She would go into a town with either a broom or a rake. if she had a rake it means some would survive the plague . If she had the broom all would die.

Comment by SunKat on November 28, 2011 at 5:03pm

Welcome Arianrhod ~

Enjoy and feel free to add any historical discussions.



Comment by SunKat on November 28, 2011 at 4:59pm

Neither have I so I thought it would be interesting.  Cemetery markers of old are not only artful but tell stories of times past.

Comment by Arianrhod on November 28, 2011 at 4:57pm


This is a great group, I would be honored to join.



Comment by miyoko canter on November 28, 2011 at 4:05pm

i had never heard of that cross before.

Comment by SunKat on November 28, 2011 at 3:26pm

The Killaghtee Cross -
A most important antiquity, this cross dated at about 650AD is thought to mark the grave of Aedh, an early monk. The Maltese cross marks the transition between inscribed slab and sculpted high cross and therefore the Killaghtee Cross holds an important place in the development of Celtic art.


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