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 Fae Oonagh on November 26, 2011 at 6:57am

Comment by Fae Oonagh on November 26, 2011 at 6:56am

Comment by miyoko canter on November 7, 2011 at 11:55am

the japanese  beleive that white butterflies carry the souls of their dead loved ones on their wings.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 31, 2011 at 1:09pm

In medieval art and iconography, the Dance of Death is depicted as a carnival in which skeletons and corpses revel along with the living. Grinning skeletons lead people off to the afterlife, often with an air of joviality and humor.

The Dance of Death was a popular festival with origins in the plague-ridden medieval period. Like most rowdy gatherings, the Death Dance was mainly an opportunity for common people to dispense with the usual social constraints and enjoy some licentiousness. Not surprisingly, this unusual festival inspired imagery and themes which were central to the popular mythology surrounding death.

In a related artistic tradition, armies of conquering skeletons sweep through villages riding carts piled high with the dead. Such apocalyptic images represented what many thought was the end of the world.

Comment by SunKat on August 28, 2010 at 9:39pm
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Comment by Crooked Sky on April 13, 2010 at 9:01am
How could one refuse such a topic. Thanks (((SunKat)))
Comment by SunKat on April 12, 2010 at 9:30am
Hi Dena, Ekim and Vampiress! Excited you all are here... Lots more to post and learn about. Thanks for joining.
Comment by ekim flow on April 10, 2010 at 10:17am

and for the invite.
Comment by SunKat on March 24, 2010 at 9:41am
Your welcome RJ...
Death is a fascinating topic on many levels and I hope to bring some insight to the group and we all have questions.
Thank you for joining us!

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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