"Death is the black hole of biology. It's an event horizon, and once you go over that eventhorizon, no information can be passed back out of the hole. So people can stand aroundthe edge of the hole and say, Well it was this or that, but in fact, it represents some kind of limit case in the thermodynamics of information. You just can't hand messages back over that threshold. So get yourself pointed right, do not your mantras bungle, and that's aboutit. When you're actually dead, all bets are off. The best answer I've gotten yet out of thisis from Don Delillo's Underworld, where the nun discovers that when you die you become your website..."
Compiled by: Terry McCombsAdiri:Melanesian dead go to Adiri, the Land of the Dead. Some say it is an island, others saythat it is a mountain located in the west beyond the sunset.The dead are said to go though a journey past dire obstacles and grim gatekeepers beforethey can enter Adiri where they will be young forever and free of pain. Those who fail tomake it cease to exist. And even those who make it can fade from existence if the livingforget them.Ama-No-Hashidate:According to Japanese Shintoism there is a staircase that links earth to the afterlife. Thisis the Ama-No-Hashidate.Asamando:This is the afterlife of the Ashanti people of Africa. They say it is just like an Ashantivillage on earth, only better. No drought, famine or the like. Though the dead still have tofarm and tend animals.Asgard:The Norse dwelling place of the gods. It is a complex city of rich places, jewelled walls,and great banquet halls. and Valhalla. Like many afterlifes it is reached via a bridge.Astral Plane:The idea of the Astral Plane has been around for some time. Here I am referring to theafterlife that is described in a partially channelled book titled War In Heaven by KyleGriffith. (1988 S/R press) In the afterlife described by Mr. Griffith the Astral Plane is asharsh and dog eat dog and the breathing world. And you don't live forever but can only