Its interesting to open a conversation on thoughts of the afterlife with pagans. You often get a number of answers, from reincarnation, to beliefs of Summerland (a pagan heaven), to even answers similar to the Jedi belief that you join in ‘the all’ (reminiscent of Taoist beliefs).
Even with the idea of reincarnation, I’ve found pagans voicing beliefs such as transcending through many lives in which to learn, while others believe in various lifetimes, including the lives of animals, to find experiences (not necessarily a learning or evolving process).
Personally, I lean towards the idea that when I die, whatever it is that makes me alive disperses into everything else. I don’t believe in reincarnation as a spiritual evolution because there’s so few people who show anything like enlightenment or knowing more than others.
But as a true child of Libra, my views will change as new information (and experiences) are provided.
The Legend of Bjorn– an amusing animation about an aging Viking trying to find an honorable death to enter the halls of Valhalla.
MrDonn’s History page on Egyptian afterlife. Informative article on the basics of Egyptian afterlife and the souls each person have- the ba and the ka.
Shinto Afterlife– Compelling article on Shinto beliefs of the afterlife. I rather like the idea of a soul joining a family guardian spirit.
There are just a few belief systems. I find its fascinating to look up various cultures and belief systems on their views of life, death, and rebirth.
Book of Shadows assignment- Write in your journal your own thoughts of the afterlife. What do you think happens to you when you die? Do you believe in a soul? Do you believe in a heaven, or specific afterlife based on a culture such as Egyptian or Norse belief systems?
Research a specific culture and jot down your own thoughts on that culture.