Tag Archives: Afterlife

News – Website’s update: Seeing others’ Souls

Here we are with a new publication, and we are sure you will find it very interesting!…

What will we deal with this time? Well, we will try to answer the following question: “Is it possible, even if only in certain circumstances, to see the Soul of someone who is near us?”

‘Seeing others’ Souls’ (Sony Nex-7 - 105mm, Nov. 2015) To answer this question, we would like to let you listen to the words of Father Emidio Alessandrini, a Franciscan friar who, during his long religious experience, has witnessed many unusual events. Following his video-interview you will be able to hear, directly from him, the story of some “anomalous” events. To his astonishment and sometimes even disappointment, rather than seeing the usual faces of his interlocutors, he saw monstrous and decaying faces, a sort of tangible manifestations, perhaps, of the condition of their Souls. To his great joy, in some circumstances, however, the faces that showed up before his eyes were filled by such a beauty to convince him that, somehow, Paradise had already been glimpsed.

Are you curious to know something more? Then, go directly to our new page by clicking HERE.

Enjoy it and please don’t forget to post your comments!

E.A. – V.G.

News – Website’s update: “I will love you even beyond death” (New photos!)

Well, today we would like to present you again our story “I will love you even beyond death”, that was published during last Easter…

Do you remember the wonderful love story that was recounted by Mrs. Raffaella Raffaelli? Through her words we were taken back in time to eight years ago, just a few months after the death of Carlo, her husband. We are sure that some of Mrs. Raffaella’s words are still in your souls, but maybe it is better to briefly mention what happened to her

One morning, Raffaella was on the phone talking to her sister, who had called her for comforting her since her recent loss and being November 2 (the Day of the Dead). Her granddaughter – just three years old – was at Raffaella’s home that day and was playing in another room. Suddenly the little girl showed up, bringing a folded note and started nagging at her, insisting she took the note. Once opened, Raffaella noticed there was something hand-written on the note, and it was in Latin: “TE DILIGERE NON INTERMITTAM” (I will not cease to love you). She had no doubt that it was her beloved Carlo’s hand-writing

Note – Detail (Canon EOS 5D + Canon 70-120mm zoom, 2015)Today, we are dealing with this story again (a story with an intense message of hope, which should not leave us indifferent) because we would like to finally show you some pictures of that note, which Mrs. Raffaella, from that day on, carefully kept together with a photo of her husband.

If you like to see further photographs of the note but also – why not? – if you are willing to watch again Mrs. Raffaella’s video-interview, you can click here for directly accessing the page “I will love you even beyond death”.

Then, post your comments!

Enjoy it.

E.A. – V.G.

 

News – Website’s update: Chosen for you! (Shabir Ally and NDEs in the Islamic framework)

Here we are with the second publication of “Chosen for you”!

La Flora (fresco from Villa Arianna, Stabia - I Century A.D.)As we did in the previous publication, we will deal with Near Death Experiences (NDEs).

In this occasion we will present you a video-interview to an Imam, Shabir Ally. In such an interview the Imam, president of the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre International in Toronto (Canada), who holds a PhD in Quranic Exegesis and is also an outstanding interlocutor in the international interfaith dialogue, will provide an overview on NDEs within the Islamic framework, also presenting some interesting insights. You can directly access our page by clicking on the following link: here.

The video you are going to watch has been taken and re-edited from an episode of the weekly talk-show “Let The Quran Speak” (Islamic Information and Dawah Centre International, by Shabir Ally), released on the Internet on January 7, 2013.

E.A. – V.G.

News – Website’s update: Time had gone… forever…

Here we are with the publication of a new video at the following path: “Boundaries” > “Time had gone… forever…”!

'Boundaries' (Todi, Italy, by Nikon D600 with an Angenieux 28-70 mm zoom - 2014)After letting you wait for some time, we thought that it was the right moment to publish a new interview of Father Emidio Alessandrini. The Father, a Franciscan Friar Minor, will tell us a “special” dream  he had around 15 years ago. It was certainly one of those dreams that C. Jung calls “big dreams”, and Father Emidio is sure about it. In fact, even after all these years, he doesn’t hesitate to consider it as one of his life’s milestones.

But what dream are we referring to? Well, we can just anticipate that this dream was about the Afterlife…

To directly access the new page with the interview, you can click on the following link: “Time had gone… forever…”.

Enjoy the video-interview!

E.A. – V.G.

The concept of the Afterlife beyond the oceans of time: “the Etruscan civilization”

What was the concept of the Afterlife in the Etruscan culture?

This is the question we will try to answer through this presentation, and we hope that, further to catch your attention, we will manage to provide you with a relatively complete framework, which may be able, at the same time, to increase your desire to deepen this topic further.

Before starting, however, we would like to clarify the reasons for this article, which could inaugurate a new line for discussions on our website. We could provide you with an articulated explanation and various motivational elements, but we prefer to be direct and simple. A recurring topic (indeed a dominant subject), that is basically shared by all the ancient peoples (it’s worth to mention, for instance, ancient Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and, of course, Etruscans), is the great importance of religion and the spiritual side of life, in particular the evident interest for the Afterlife. Today, as well as during the past, this topic is fundamental in our existence, whatever some people may say. Therefore, it will be very interesting to proceed together along ancient civilizations’ paths, so that we can then return to our current world, perhaps with a new awareness by having gone through the sources of our civilization.

Now we can start our journey in the past!

Etruscan necropolis of Tarquinia (Italy)First of all, we would like to point out that the practice of excavating underground complex monumental necropolises was started by the Etruscans. In fact, before them in Italy the dead were burnt and their ashes were buried, usually in a small hole in the ground.

The lower world was considered by ancient peoples as the womb of both Mother Earth and the Hereafter. Souls of the dead were believed to reach that world and arrive at the presence of deities. The Underworld gods were a divine couple: Hades and Persephone, that were named, in the Etruscan language, Aita and Phersipnai. The yearly return of Persephone on earth, among the living, corresponded to the beginning of Spring and, on that occasion, “Little Mysteries” festivities were celebrated. “Great Mysteries” festivities, instead, were celebrated in September and recalled when the goddess disappeared, going back to the underworld.

The entire symbolic and mythical cycle of the Mysteries referred to the great mystery of death and rebirth. The main Mystery topic concerned the soul that, through a particular ritual of death and rebirth, could aspire to immortality, providing a higher meaning to the human condition, which, in this way, could be equivalent to the divine life of gods and heroes. This concept of the soul and its possible “awakening” was the core of this great sacred mystery. This concept was used later, for example, by Pythagoras, but we can also find it in the heart of Christianity. In the inscription of Samothrace it is also mentioned that the priest of Cybele used to break a consecrated bread and offer a sacred drink to the person to be initiated, and this also has common aspects with Christianity.

According to an ancient Mediterranean belief, human beings would not have a single “Self” but different ones. The human being would be the sum of three main identities, or “bodies”: the physical body, the shadow and the demon (or double).

At the time of death these parts would separate from each other: the physical body would decay and would be absorbed by the ground, while the “shadow” would be released and destined to an ephemeral existence in the Underworld or, possibly, to be born again (after drinking from the “spring of oblivion”). The third element instead, the demon, according to the ancient Romans was made up of two parts, Lares and Manes. There were two Manes for each person: one was good and the other was evil. Lares instead were a collective entities of divine nature.

The soul, at the moment of death, would return to its Lares, that is to its original strain whose location was inside the Mother Earth. Human beings would have, however, the possibility of a different fate. Those who had recognized their own demons, Lares or Manes, and had gone beyond their limits, could have an immortal soul and enjoy the same life of gods, heroes and initiates to Mysteries. For the others it was inevitable to enter the never-ending cycle of life-death-rebirth as shadows, unaware of reincarnations they had gone through.

It’s likely that the Etruscan word Larth may be the source of the Latin word Lares. The Etruscan Larth was the sacred-king, the first authority which the twelve Lucumoni obeyed to and who had a supreme power. Etruscans and Romans started to worship their ancestors (Lares), whose souls were living underground in front of the earth’s gods. The result of all this was the construction of large and monumental cities for the dead (necropolises). They were built according to a magical concept: heaven and earth forces were joined in a magical connection, allowing the soul of the deceased to adequately perform his/her long journey into the Afterlife. Necropolises were assiduously visited. In fact, banquets with music, dances, rituals and offerings (e.g., milk, honey, wine were poured on the ground, on memorial stones or on altars) were performed for the dead and for the gods.

'The shadow of the evening' - III Cent. BC, Volterra (Italy), Etruscan museum «Guarnacci»Ancients believed that the experience of death could face a fundamental problem of “detachment”: the person’s earthly part, that is his/her “shadow”, could obstacle the soul during its difficult separation from the physical body. Therefore, funerary objects, as well as the amazing frescoes in tombs, had the purpose of attracting the shadow and making it release the spiritual soul. An interesting representation of a shadow is the well-known Etruscan bronzes called “shadows of the evening”: slender and elongated figures with adolescent, evanescent and serious features.

Among the Etruscan gods, it is worth mentioning the young goddess Vanth (comparable to the Greek goddess Moira). She had great wings and a torch to illuminate darkness as she accompanied the souls during their difficult passage into the Hereafter, and symbolized destiny, the implacable fate. We don’t know much about her, just that she had the “role of escorting souls” (as for the Romans, this task was given to Mercury, Hermes “Psychopomp” for the Greeks).

There were monstrous characters, who were often depicted in Etruscan tombs, with the function of monitoring and protecting tombs:

  • the demon Charun (the greek Charon) was a half-beast humanoid, holding a hammer;
  • the horrible Tuchulcha, whose face resembled a vulture, had donkey ears and used snakes as offensive weapons.

Precious depictions of the Etruscan Hereafter reached us thanks to the tombs of Tarquinia (Italy). Among others, we want to mention in particular two tombs which, in our opinion, can better provide us with information useful to our subject.

Tomb of Charons

“The Door” (“Tomb of Charons”, Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia, Italy. It was used a Nikon D-70 with a Nikon 50-70mm zoom lens, 2011) This tomb was discovered in 1960 and is an excellent example of a Hellenistic hypogeum with “two floors and a vestibule”: an upper floor (vestibule), used for religious ceremonies, and two burial chambers (located at a lower level) and accessible through stairs starting from the main hall. On the vestibule’s back and right walls two false doors have been painted (a symbolic entrance to the Afterlife).
Both doors have, on each side, two winged Charons, who are the Etruscan demons of death, custodians of Hades, dressed up with short skirts and holding different tools: hammers, axes and snakes. Next to each figure, a painted inscription indicates the name of the Charon demon, together with a different nickname which distinguished its particular function (unfortunately we do not know it).

Tomb 5636

“Before the Threshold” (“Tomb 5636”, Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia, Italy. It was used a Nikon D-70 with a Nikon 50-70mm zoom lens, 2011) This tomb dates back to the second half of III (3rd) Century BC and has significant differences in comparison with those dating to the previous period. It has a flat ceiling (instead of a sloping one), and only the right wall and the central pillar have been painted. On the central pillar a winged Charon is shown. On the side wall there is a scene of particular interest: a dead person is ready to cross the door of the Afterlife, accompanied by the goddess Vanth who, while laying her right hand on the deceased left shoulder, holds a torch in her left hand. The door is guarded by Charon who is sitting, and in the middle of the scene there are two men and a child (perhaps relatives of the deceased, who had died previously), represented in the act of welcoming the deceased and showing him the way to the Afterlife.

Some considerations

Besides the two similarities between the Etruscan world and Christian faith, already mentioned above (“awakening” of the soul; breaking of the bread and drinking from the holy cup), it is interesting to highlight another aspect that provides further resemblances.

The Afterlife is completely separated from our world and Etruscan demons, who are guarding its entrance, are just a confirmation of that. Even for our belief, the two worlds are distinct and separate, although they can get, under certain circumstances, partially and temporarily connected. We refer not only to Near-Death Experiences, during which the world of the Afterlife or, more often, of the Near-Afterlife is reached for a short time by those who have been considered dead and, later on, awake. In fact, we also refer to many people who, at the point of death, witness the visit of their dead beloved ones. Well, in both of these cases the threshold between the two worlds can become a privileged place for the encounter with those who have already died. In some cases, our loved ones arrive to accompany us during the transition, and in other circumstances they stop us and push us back. We can find all this in a painting from tomb 5636, in Tarquinia (Italy), that we have already mentioned above. In fact, we can see there just this double typology of experience, where the encounter with our ancestors takes place near the door to the Hereafter, guarded by the demon Charon. The soul of the deceased is accompanied by the goddess Vanth, who holds a torch, but it is certainly the meeting with his loved ones to “enlighten” the moment of his passage.

E.A. – V.G.

News – Website’s update: Chosen for you! (Abbeé De Robert)

Here we are at the first publication of “Chosen for you”!

As we anticipated to you some days ago, we will start from Near Death Experiences La Flora (detail of fresco from Villa Arianna, Italy, Stabia, I sec. d.C.)(NDE), recounting you the experience of a French priest, Abbeé De Robert, a spiritual son of Father Pio.

All happened during the Algerian war, between 1954 and 1962. What precisely happened?

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The video you are going to watch has been taken from a March-2009 episode of “Porta a Porta” (by B. Vespa). The program went on the air on RAI1 channel on the occasion of Father Pio’s Beatification. In order to provide a better support, we included English subtitles.

See you soon!

E.A. – V.G.

 

News – Website’s update

We have just published the new page “Awakening of hidden faculties” at the following path: “Back from the Afterlife” > “A wonderful garden.”

Well, yes! This is just the first Near-Death Experience (aka EPM) we have documented and released on this site! Do not waste time and go to watch the interesting video-interview we made to Mrs. Gabriella Magrini, from Rome.

'English cemetery in Rome' (Canon EOS 5D + Canon 24-105 mm zoom - January 2014)The experience, she went through several years ago, will leave you puzzled! Someone will certainly conclude: “Well, this is interesting but… it’s, anyway, only her word!… There is no evidence of her journey into the Afterlife!…” Everyone is free, of course, to think as he/she prefers. However, our suggestion is not to exclude the possibility of considering instead, even if only for a moment, that all this – as well as for numerous other stories of the same kind, which have been widely documented around the world – might have really happened… What would the main clue be? In addition to the “anomalous” abilities Mrs. Gabriella had from that moment on, perhaps it would be the fact that the memory of that event, after more than 40 years, is still so real – as if only yesterday it had occurred -, so vivid to be able to move our protagonist, just as only great events of our lives can do…

What else?… Enjoy our new video-interview and post, at the end, your comments, so that we may know what you think.

Enjoy it!

E.A. – V.G.