John Batchelor The Ainu and Their Folk-Lore

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The Ainu and Their Folk-Lore

 
9781150601446: The Ainu and Their Folk-Lore
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... QHAPTER XLIX. Religion--continued. (c) Heaven And Hell. Heaven in Hades--Gehenna--A journey to Hades. The place to which good people go after death is called Kamui kotan, 'the place of God,' and Kamni moshiri, 'the kingdom of God,' or 'the world of God.' When persons go to this place, they live for ever in a state of supreme happiness. Though perhaps far away under this earth, they can see us, and they ever take a lively interest in all that is going on in this world. They also have power to send punishments upon those of their families who misbehave themselves, and peace to those who are good and kind; and this power they are said to frequently exercise. Though the material heavens are above us, yet heaven, the place of happiness, is below. All are agreed that it is a locality in which the gods have their special home, and where all men who do that which is good and right will go when they leave the world. People in heaven do not lose their personal identity. The Ainu notion of heaven is therefore not at all the Buddhistic, which represents every person as being absorbed into the deity itself. Hades, or the intermediate state, is called pokna moshiri, 'the under world,' or 'the world below.' All spirits go first to this place when they leave the body. Hades, however, is not generally believed to be a purgatory, though some think it may be; but upon going there the spirits, which are always spoken of as possessing a body exactly like the present one (though whether it is of a spiritual or material nature is not stated), are told to which division of the place they must go, whether to the place of the just or the wicked. In the centre of Hades there are said to be three roads. The first leads from the earth upon which we live, and which the Ainu call kan...

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