What similarities do you see between this week’s highlighted religious traditions? How do the cosmogonies surrounding death and the afterlife differ? How a culture or religion prepares for and ritualizesdeath can give you a lot of insight into their beliefs about life and the afterlife. In this Discussion, you will consider the culture of the living practitioners of various civilizations based on their burial rituals and views on death.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review this week’s assigned readings from the course text.
- Explore the BBC Religions and Ethics resources from this week’s Resources.
- Consider the similarities and differences between two religious traditions, specifically looking at their views on death, burial rituals, and the afterlife.
- Reflect on what you can infer about the cultures that practice those religions based on your answers to the previous questions.
By Day 3
Post a paragraph comparing the two religions you selected, focusing on the tradition’s burial rituals, views on death, and views on the afterlife. In a second paragraph, explain how each religion’s views about burial, death, and the afterlife are reflected in their culture. Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.
Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.