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Notes And Queries About The NDE [Nov. 27th, 2011|08:54 am]
Tony Grist
Here's the case of a group of friends who were struck by lightning and shared a NDE (which is rare). They were approached by a Being of Light. One saw it as a female Guardian Angel, one saw it as his father and the third (who was Indian) saw it as the Buddha.  

It appears that the imagery of the NDE is culturally determined- and tailored to the individual.

Most of the witnesses on the site are American- with a sprinkling of Europeans. Jesus appears a great deal- as do perfect gardens and meadows and cities made of jewels. The imagery can be sourced to the Bible, the western tradition of landscape painting and so on and so forth. There is nothing particularly surprising about any of it- and sometimes it feels rather kitsch. It would be interesting to have examples from non-western sources. I wonder what a Japanese NDE is like. Or an Australian aboriginal one. 

In almost every case the witnesses come back having learned that "God" is Love. Are we touching a universal here or is this also culturally specific?
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[User Picture]From: mrwaggish
2011-11-27 09:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-27 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed.

Though it doesn't sound as though this particular experience has all that much in common with the NDE.
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-11-27 11:01 am (UTC)
Biggest study was dome by the Red Army 1945. Christians saw Jesus, Muslims saw their paradise, Buddhists theirs. All culturally linked.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-11-27 11:55 am (UTC)
I wonder what Richard Dawkins would see?
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2011-11-27 12:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-27 01:31 pm (UTC)
As someone who primarily relates to Christianity (albeit with hostility) he might well see Jesus.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-27 01:21 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose that research is available on the Net, is it?
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-11-27 08:45 pm (UTC)
See my latest blog post!
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[User Picture]From: ccord
2011-11-27 03:16 pm (UTC)
In almost every case the witnesses come back having learned that "God" is Love. Are we touching a universal here or is this also culturally specific?

One should hope, then, that aren't any Wotan worshippers in the audience, lest they learn than God is pillaging monasteries and sacking the cities of the weak. 'Could cause a kerfuffle.
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