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A cemetery, a place of the dead
A cemetery, a place of the dead

The dead are those who have died, as opposed to those who are still living. It is an expression meaning everyone who has died up to that moment in time. It may refer to the deceased members of a family, a community, a nation, a battle, a war or the entire world. People of many cultures and religions believe the dead have an enduring afterlife, while others may respect the memory of the dead without supernatural beliefs. Download high resolution version (1540x2052, 893 KB)Castle Ashby Graveyard Picture taken by R Neil Marshman 12 March 2005 (c) . The storm clouds in the background set off the sunlight on the gravestones well Picture of the day This picture was featured on Wikipedia as the Picture of the day... Download high resolution version (1540x2052, 893 KB)Castle Ashby Graveyard Picture taken by R Neil Marshman 12 March 2005 (c) . The storm clouds in the background set off the sunlight on the gravestones well Picture of the day This picture was featured on Wikipedia as the Picture of the day... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Life (disambiguation) and Living (disambiguation). ... For the Notorious B.I.G. Album, see Life After Death. ...


Mythology and folklore

In many cultures, mythology and folklore, undead creatures inhabit the realm of the dead, which is located either under the earth, or in a far away, unknown or parallel world, often guided there by a psychopomp. Death itself may also be seen as personified entity, also belonging to the realm of the dead. Undead is a collective name for mythological beings that are deceased yet behave as if alive. ... // In the study of mythology and religion, the underworld is a generic term approximately equivalent to the lay term afterlife, referring to any place to which newly dead souls go. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... Many sets of religious beliefs have a particular spirit, deity, demon or angel whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife, such as Heaven or Hell. ... Death, as a skeleton carrying a scythe, visiting a dying man. ...

The dead may be depicted as corporeal, having an animated physical body that is otherwise biologically deceased such as that of ghouls and zombies; or as spiritual entities without a tangible form such as ghosts and spectres. In some folklore, under special circumstances, living people may also visit the realm of the dead, without themselves dying. Image:Grateful dead.gif Corporeal reanimation is the theoretical concept of reanimating a dead organism, restoring its living functions and enabling it to move and to freely interact with the world of the living as it did when it was alive. ... Depiction of a ghoul A ghoul is a monster from ancient Arabian folklore that dwells in graveyards and other uninhabited places. ... For other uses see Zombie (disambiguation) A zombie is a kind of undead, or figuratively, a very apathetic person. ... A ghostly woman coming down the stairs. ... Spectre, taken from the Battle for Wesnoth computer game. ...


  • In the United States, in 2006, 19.9% of people agree (or strongly agree) it is possible to communicate with the dead. The percentage goes up to 29.2% in the eastern states; and is about twice as high for females (27.2%) as males (14.0%).[1]

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In culture and religion

The Bardo Thodol, sometimes called the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is a funerary text that describes the experiences of the soul after death during the interval known as bardo between death and rebirth. ... Dia De Los Muertos redirects here. ... // Main article: Jewish eschatology Orthodox Judaism holds that belief in the Resurrection of the Dead is one of the cardinal principles of the Jewish faith. ...


  1. ^ Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion - American Piety in the 21st Century – September 2006. [1]

See also

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George A. Romero, who revolutionized the American horror film in 1968 with the instant classic Night of the Living Dead, returns to his dystopian zombie cycle with this horror thriller.
In Land of the Dead DVD, the zombies whose numbers had been slowly but steadily growing now dominate the streets of most American cities, while urban skyscrapers have been taken over by surviving humans, usually greed-addled opportunists who allow the living to stay in their fortified compounds for a price.
But as the zombie civilization grows, the creatures have begun to slowly evolve, with their dormant thought processes beginning to awaken, and as unrest begins to ferment among the mercenaries and the entrepreneurs who pay them, the ghouls may have found a way to defeat the last stronghold of humanity.
Grateful Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3779 words)
The Grateful Dead's fans, some of whom followed the band from concert to concert for years, were known as Deadheads and were renowned for their dedication to the band's music.
Grateful Dead members have said that it was after attending a concert by the touring New York "folk-rock" band The Lovin' Spoonful that they decided to "go electric." Gradually, many of the East-Coast American folk musicians, formerly luminaries of the coffee-house scene, were moving in the electric direction.
But the new Dead music was also naturally different from bands like Dylan's or the Spoonful, partly because their fellow musician Phil Lesh came out of a schooled classical and electronic-music background, while Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was a no-nonsense deep blues lover and drummer Bill Kreutzmann had a jazz background.
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