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A Traveler's Guide to the Afterlife

Drawing on death and afterlife traditions from cultures around the world, Mark Mirabello explores the many forms of existence beyond death and each tradition's instructions to access the afterlife. He examines beliefs on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation and wisdom from Books of the Dead such as the Book of Going Forth by Day from Egypt, the Katha Upanishad from India, the Bardo Thodol from Tibet, the Golden Orphic Tablets from Greece, Lieh Tzu from China, and Heaven and its Wonders and Hell from Things Heard and Seen from 18th-century Europe. Considering the question "What is Death?" Mirabello provides answers from a wide range of ancient and modern thinkers, including scientist Nicholas Maxwell, the seer Emanuel Swedenborg, 1st-century Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, and Greek philosopher Euripides, who opined that we may already be dead and only dreaming we are alive. He explores the trek of the soul through life and death with firsthand accounts of the death journey and notes that what is perceived as death here may actually be life somewhere else.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction I. Where Are We Now? Euripides Said We May Be Already Dead II. How to Live Forever without a God or an Immortal Soul If Either Eternal Recurrence or Eternalism Is Correct, Scientific Skepticism May Be Groundless III. Information for the Nihilists A Guide for the Metaphysically Impaired IV. Souls and Other Worlds Some Interesting Traditions V. The Trek of Souls Accounts of the Death Journey VI. Afterlife How to Enter Other Worlds VII. Ghosts and Specters When the Dead Are Here VIII. Communicating with the Dead From Necromancy to Scrying Afterword Appendix I A Quick Guide to a Good Death The Tibetan Way of Death Appendix II Reincarnation Some Possibilities Appendix III How to Have an Out-of-Body Experience Appendix IV A Seance Procedure to Contact the Dead Bibliography Index

About the Author

Mark Mirabello, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Shawnee State University in Ohio and a former visiting professor of history at Nizhny Novgorod University in Russia. He has appeared on Ancient Aliens and America's Book of Secrets on the History Channel as well as in the documentary The Kingdom of Survival. He is the author of The Odin Brotherhood, Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws, and the Pulitzer-nominated novella The Cannibal Within. He received his master's from the University of Virginia and his doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He lives in Portsmouth, Ohio.


"People interested in the research of survival of physical death will find in A Traveler's Guide to the Afterlife a compelling wealth of information. People who are not interested in the subject will benefit from the author's erudition and his remarkable exploration of the sacred Eastern and Western traditions." * Anabela Cardoso, retired Portuguese senior career diplomat, editor in chief of the ITC Journal, and * "The suspense of death often kills us, figuratively speaking. That unknown door we all inevitably walk through stands as the proverbial `elephant in the room' that we all choose to ignore. In this book Mark Mirabello has accumulated the most extensive knowledge on death and the afterlife; it is enough to make a believer out of the skeptic. After reading this book you will face that unknown door with no suspense but instead a sense of wonder and excitement." * Jason Gregory, author of Enlightenment Now and The Science and Practice of Humility * "I have been hoping to find a resource like this for years. Mark's book has become one of my most valuable reference tools for information on multicultural, multispiritual perspectives on death and the afterlife. The research is impeccable." * Rev. Terri Daniel, CT, founder of the Death Awareness Institute and The Afterlife Conference * "What stands out in this traveler's guide to the afterlife is how great minds throughout Earth's history have over and over said that reincarnation, the recycling of souls, is the machinery of the universe. This book reinforces the importance of the soul in the mind-body-spirit complex that humans are; it should inspire all readers to do what they can to strengthen their soul while alive in the matter world." * Linda Moulton Howe, Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and reporter and editor of Earthfile * "An extraordinary exploration of humankind's collective wisdom about what lies on the other side of death." * Matthew McKay, Ph.D., author of Seeking Jordan *

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