I just watched a fascinating show on the Valley of the Kings in Egypt on one of the cable “science channels.” Like many of their programs, it was an hour program with a half hour of content and another half hour of recapitulation, but that is another issue.
A comment made about one of the pharaoh’s tombs was that all of the questions the great king would be asked on his trip to the underworld were written on the walls along with the answers he/she would need to give to successfully make it through the gauntlet and into the afterworld. The trip apparently is aboard a boat and various gods and demonic functionaries would be the inquisitors.
The thought I had (please realize that I took a class in ancient near eastern history (as an elective) in college as I found (and still find) the topic fascinating), was that “who comes up with all of this bullshit?” I know of no recorded historical case in which somebody came back to life after being genuinely dead to tell us what would happen. (A Republican might call that a “legitimate death.”)
And it seems every religion has its share of absolutely batshit crazy stuff in its holy scriptures.
It seems that every culture has a substantial quota of bullshit artists: shamans, priests, ministers, high holy ones, etc. who will fill in the blanks, even if no blanks are evident. And, as an extension how is it that Christians think that all of those other religions and gods (there are thousands of gods in the historical record) are bullshit, but their stuff is gold?
I guess denial is not just a river in Egypt, it runs through the after life, too.