Near-Death Folklore in Medieval China and Japan

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Near-Death Folklore in Medieval China and Japan

Post by Shen1986 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:27 pm

Near-Death Folklore in Medieval China and Japan. Very interesting study. It shows great examples how the NDEs are actually tied up with religions of China and Japan. Here is the link:

Here are few examples:

Medieval European NDE is a typical one with demons and a heaven:

Although divergences exist, medieval European visionary experiences
reveal the basic elements found within modern NDE reports (Zaleski
1987). For example, the monk Bede, in his Ecclesiastical History of
England, completed in 7 3 1 (Colgrave and Mynors 1969,488),describes
Drythelm’s vision. Drythelm “ died ” one evening in a.d. 696
of a severe illness, yet revived in the morning to report meeting a man
‘‘ of shining countenance and bright apparel ” who led him through an
enormous valley. One side was filled with flames while the other side
had hail and snow. As Drythelm observed tortured souls being thrown
from side to side, ms guide explained that this is a temporary situation,
that these individuals could be released through Masses, prayers, alms,
and fasts, performed by the living on their behalf. Later Drythelm saw
Hell,a bottomless, stinking pit. When demons threatened him, his
guide reappeared as a bright star. Together, they traveled to a realm
of clear light, saw a vast wall, and suddenly were on top or it. Beyond
was a bright, flowery meadow, filled with haypp people. Drythelm
thought he was in heaven but was informed that this was a holding
area for the slightly imperfect. The actual Kingdom of heaven was
filled with far greater fragrance and light. After his return to his body,
Drythelm distributed his property, retired to a monastery, and began a
life of devotion, austerity, fasting, and cold baths.

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Page: 6

Medieval Chinese NDE:

This one has taoisim practices:

The NDE motif existed in Chinese folklore previous to the entrance
of Buddhism. Since ancestral worship was a major component of their
religious practice, Chinese people were particularly curious regarding
the nature of the afterlife. This interest probably granted NDE narratives
special rhetorical power for shaping religious ideologies. De
G root (1967, 113-14) describes two Taoist NDEs within one narrative
: The ruler Kien-tsze 簡子 of Chao 趙,while ill, lost consciousness
for five days in 498 B.C.; his physician analyzed his condition as equivalent
to that of the ruler Muh of Ts’in 奏穆公(658-620 b .c .),who, while
in a similar state, experienced being taken to the residence of the Emperor
of Heaven. There Muh learned information about future political
events which proved valid. Basing his advice on this precedent, the
physician counseled patience and, after two and a half days, Kien-tsze
awoke and described his NDE. He met the Emperor of Heaven, heard beautiful music, saw ten thousand dances, and participated in a symbolic
dream situation which eventually resulted in producing prophetic

Taken from:
Pages: 8-9

Its like the Jade Emperor:

There is more. Those interested into NDE will find this quite interesting because even Buddha makes a appearance in those NDEs.

It again points forward a hallucination theory of NDE mixed with memories and religion of the persons live.
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Re: Near-Death Folklore in Medieval China and Japan

Post by Scoobydooby » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:35 pm

Most likely all that they see in their NDEs or OOB experiences is what they had been told to expect. A light, a tunnel, a reunion with dead relatives or a significant religious figure....

It's not proof of NDEs validity just the power of persuasion.