Episode 14: The Afterlife

Published November 1, 2015 by The Forest's Edge


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As part of the annual Samhain observance, Betwixt and Between talk about various ideas about the afterlife from a range of cultures, discuss how to reconcile ghosts, work with ancestors, and other spirit activity with beliefs about reincarnation and realms of punishment and reward, and ramble about personal experiences, as per usual.

And hey, don’t forget to email us with a question or episode idea, and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a Betwixt and Between care package! You can expect handmade WItchy items, herbs from our gardens, and other cool surprises! So email us at betwixtandbetweenpodcast@gmail.com!

Links to things relating to things we talked about:

The Podcast History of our World

Peter Paddon – The afterlife ideas we attribute to him are found in this book and in The Crooked Path podcast.

Greek afterlife – Read about how the Greeks prepared their dead and what they thought happened after death.

Viking afterlife – So normal people don’t go to Hel, but Helheim, and don’t forget about Folkvang! Read about it here!

Celtic afterlife – Check out this page as a primer, or really get into the details with this article.

Jewish afterlife – Is there a heaven? Are the souls of the wicked tormented, or do they just cease to exist? Find out here!

Also, check out the Book of Job (here’s a summary article) and the tale of the Witch of Endor for yourself (medium of Endor? Woman with a familiar spirit of Endor?)


Christian afterlife – You think you know everything about this, but do you? DO YOU!?!?!?!?

If you get discouraged by the patriarchy, check out this article about Jesus’s Vagina.

Buddhist and Hindu Traditions – What is reincarnation exactly? How do you slip out of the cycle? How does karma work?

Egyptian stuff – Pack up your stuff–you’re moving to the afterlife! Learn more here and here.

Prehistory – Humans, and humanoids, have been burying their dead for a long time. Here is just one of about a billion sources where you can learn more.

And Remember…A ghost a day keeps the psychiatrist away! Says Benevolent Bertram.


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