reply to post by phrankie79
Well, I can't speak for Minoan, or Aztec. But, the others cultures do have ghosts.
In Egypt their are two forces: the Ka
and the Ba
, which represented the individual, and his spirit-self or double. The Ba Bird
was the ghost, or astral apparition of the deceased individual. If the Ba
were properly reunited, through a variety of post-death
rituals, then the individual became an Akh
, which is very similar to our modern ghosts, in that it thinks and acts independently of it's
In Sumer and Babylon, there are myths which detail the raising of the dead, like the Descent of Inanna
. Also, in the Enuma Elish
Marduk's command, Enki and Ninhursag embody human beings with a "spirit" or "soul" which is how it will remember, after physical death, that it
was/is a living being.
As for why we no longer see the ghosts of ancient Egyptians, or the like... my thought is because their cultures have been completely wiped from the
face of the Earth. Ghosts, in my opinion, depend on human consciousness, and human memory/awareness. So, since the records of these cultures are so
scarce that we ourselves don't know much about them, how can we perceive them on another level, when we can't even do so on this level?
~ Wandering Scribe