Heavens, paradises and promise lands in mythology

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All the main religions around the world have their own heaven and paradise stories. But this is not a new concept, mythology shows that people have been questioning what happens when we die for a very long time. Some of the oldest known ancient tribes had there own paradises and heavens, read on to find out a little more.

Paradise and heaven, nothing new

The Christian bible tells of the heavens, the place where you get to go if you live a life dedicated to the Lord. All other religions in the world also have their own versions of heaven, or some promise land or paradise which one must attain too. But heaven and the concept of getting to heaven by living life a certain way, is certainly not a new idea from modern religions. The idea of heaven and paradises goes back a long way indeed, way back to the times of humans very first writing systems.

Celtic heavens and paradises

One of the oldest and indeed most rich mythologies we have today, is Celtic mythology. The similarities between Celtic myth and Egyptian myth have always stood out to me. And as Egyptian myth tells of something called the otherworlds, so does Celtic mythology. Tir nan og is one place of paradise in Celtic myth, so is Tir inna beo. Both these places are supposed to look like the earth, only they are supposed to be far more beautiful. Avalon is another Celtic paradise or heaven, if you like. It is an enchanted island, and a calm place for blessed spirits to rest.

In Egyptian mythology, Osiris is known as the god of the dead. Celtic mythology also has it's own god of the dead and his name was Donn. It was said when he was buried on a very tiny island just of the coast of Ireland, that he would forever welcome dead spirits to live with him. Elsyium is another paradise in Celtic mythology. It is used as a place at the end of the earth where heroes go, when they died. It is also used in Celtic myth at other times as a place of peace in the underworld, where souls relax before being reborn.

Other paradise myths

Celtic myth is not the only mythology which talks of paradise and heavens, Norse myth also have theirs too. It seems to me like the Scandinavian Norse myths, are set up to give their warriors blind courage. Valkyries are the female spirits who come and take the brave Norse warriors who have died to Asgard. They are took to a brilliant place named the hall of the slain, where they live out the rest of eternity in paradise with there warrior god Odin.

The ancient Aztec had three paradises people could attain to. Tillan-Tiapaallan was one of them, but this place was reserved only for those with the knowledge of the snake god, Quetzalcoatl.

Burotu is a beautiful paradise in Fijian myths. It is said that the souls of the good rest here in the shade for eternity. We have old European legends of the land of Cockaige. It was a place for greedy people and the idle, a posh paradise if you like. The rivers flowed with wine and buildings were made of cake, this really was a place for the idle. Chinese Buddhists have their own paradise. A heavenly place where souls turn to flowers before Dha-shi-zhi the female enlightened female spirit. Tales from Islam give us a paradise, and blessed souls live in magnificent palaces. The Christian bible has it's ultimate paradise heaven, but Christianity doesn't just end with a paradise it started with one with Adam and Even and the glorious garden of Eden.

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Ancient Myth, Ancient Mythology, Ancient Paradises, Celtic Paradises, Heaven Myths, Heavens And Paradise Myth, Legends, Myth, Mythology, Paradise In Mythology, Paradise Myth, The Concept Of Heaven

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed reading the myths. People are not so different after all. Blessings

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author avatar micheal
2nd May 2015 (#)

Humans are humans, thats for sure, thanks for the comment

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author avatar brendamarie
2nd May 2015 (#)

Great article. I love anything about Celtic mythology.

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author avatar micheal
2nd May 2015 (#)

thank you, i'm glad you enjoyed this.

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author avatar Retired
2nd May 2015 (#)

The constant theme seem to be one of holding out the promise of better things to come - on condition that one's conduct in life is socially acceptable.

The Norse warrior class wanted brave soldiers, so men were conned into believing that death held great rewards for the bravest. The Christian myth is that people who behave in the most moral fashion will be rewarded in Heaven - because moral living is what best suits western society.

It always amazes me that people down the ages have fallen for these con tricks, many giving up the pleasures of life for the promise of a better one just round the corner.

When will people get the message - it's all a trick to make you behave yourself!

There are plenty of reasons for living a moral life and doing good to your fellow men, but why sacrifice yourself for a reward that will never come?

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author avatar micheal
2nd May 2015 (#)

I agree, Jesus's creation by the Flavian Ceasar Titus, Josephus and the New Testament authors.Turned the hardline ancient Judauan religion into a pacifist Christianity which preached turning the other cheek. It was then much easier for the Roman Empire to expand into Isreal. The Flavian Dynasty apparently often made up religions to suit their political interests. And I think their not the only ones, thanks for the comment John.

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author avatar Dawn143
19th Aug 2015 (#)

A very detailed and information based write. I enjoyed the cultural references throughout.

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author avatar micheal
25th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks dawn

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