REL 301 Ancient Near Eastern Religions & Cultures

Death (both weeks)


As you read the assignment, consider the following issues:

1.      What connections did ancient people believe exist between death practices, living society, and religion?

2.      How did the burial practices reflect or interact with these views?

3.      Compare the views of possible afterlives in Egyptian, Mesopotamian and biblical literatures. How do they differ?

4.      What do ancient stories mean when they narrate the deaths of gods?