A Bridge to the Other Side

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John Hunt Publishing, Mar 22, 2012 - Fiction - 169 pages
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A Bridge to the Other Side is a collection of articles and traditional folk tales that deal with our feelings about and attitudes towards Death, both our own death and that of those nearest and dearest to us. A bridge between earth and heaven, this world and the next, features in the mythology of many different peoples. For example, in Norse legends, Bifröst or Bilröst is a burning rainbow bridge between Midgard, the world, and Asgard, the realm of the gods. The bridge is known as Bilröst in the Poetic Edda; compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and as Bifröst in the Prose Edda; written in the 13th century by Snorri Stureuson. Both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda alternately refer to the bridge as Asbrú (Old Norse Ćsirs means bridge). The Persians believed in a bridge between earth and paradise too. In his prayers the penitent in his confession would say: I am wholly without doubt in the existence of the Mazdayaçnian faith; in the coming of the resurrection of the latter body; in the stepping over the bridge Chinvat; as well as in the continuance of paradise.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgment
1
Like an Ocean is this World
17
Hades in the eyes of the Ainu
30
The Dead Bride
44
The Story of Thomas the Rhymer
61
The Story of the Man who did not wish to Die
79
The Ojibwe Bridge to the Other Side
99
The Milk Bride of Kadin
113
A ticket to Suleti? Not yet please
131
Standing on the Bridge
153
An Afterthought
169
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