1906). Egyptian also believed that only a mummified body lying on a coffin was entitled to have an afterlife. (Bard, 1999). The Greek and the Romans had the same belief system about life after death.
According to Greek Mythology, Hermes the messenger of the Gods, would take the soul of a person to the House of Hades, named after the Greek God of the Underworld, and would leave the soul on the River Styx. This place was known as the place between life and death. Once the river was crossed the soul would be judged by the King of Minos and would be send to Elysium, Tartarus or the Fields of Punishment. The Romans shared the same ideas but with different names, for example Hades the King of the Underworld according to the
Greek mythology, was known to the Romans as Pluto. While mythology is old and remains mystic to us, different contemporary religions are somehow more reliable for the man of the 21st century. Judaism, the religion of more than 14 million people around the world, gives different interpretation to the afterlife through its different books. According to writings that were latter incorporated to Tanakh, the Jewish bible, She’ol is the place of the