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HAVE A PARTY FOR THE DEAD! (Disembodied Souls Want To Have Fun Too)

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( Painting:  “DAY OF THE DEAD” by Diego Rivera, 1924 )

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to its indigenous pagan cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years.In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.

The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddessknown as the “Lady of the Dead”, corresponding to the modern Catrina.

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) but also as Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”) and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”)

People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.

Plans for the day are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods to be offered to the dead. During the three-day period, families usually clean and decorate graves;  most visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with ofrendas (offerings), which often include orange Mexican marigolds (Tagetes erecta) called cempasúchil (originally named cempoaxochitl, Nahuatl for “twenty flowers”).

In modern Mexico, this name is sometimes replaced with the term Flor de Muerto (Flower of the Dead). These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings.

Many other cultures around the world have similar traditions of a day set aside to visit the graves of deceased family members. Often included in these traditions are celebrations, food and beverages, in addition to prayers and remembrances of the departed.  Some tribes of the Amazon believe the dead return as flowers.

The Bon Festival (O-bon (お盆?), or only Bon (盆?), is a Japanese Buddhist holiday in August to honor the departed spirits of one’s ancestors.

In Korea, Chuseok (추석, 秋夕) is a major traditional holiday, also called Hangawi. People go where the spirits of their ancestors are enshrined, and perform ancestral worship rituals early in the morning; they visit the tombs of immediate ancestors to trim plants, clean the area around the tomb, and offer food, drink, and crops to their ancestors.

The Qingming Festival (simplified Chinese: 清明节; traditional Chinese: 清明節; pinyin: qīng míng jié) is a traditional Chinese festival usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. Along with Double Ninth Festival on the 9th day of the 9th month in the Chinese calendar, it is a time to tend to the graves of departed ones. In addition, in the Chinese tradition, the seventh month in the Chinese calendar is called the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits come out from the underworld to visit earth.

During the Nepali holiday of Gai Jatra (Cow Pilgrimage), every family who has lost a family member during the previous year makes a construction of bamboo branches, cloth, paper decorations and portraits of the deceased, called a gai. Traditionally, a cow leads the spirits of the dead into the next land. Depending on local custom, either an actual live cow or a construct representing a cow may be used. The festival is also a time to dress up in costume, including costumes involving political comments and satire.

In some cultures in Africa, visits to the graves of ancestors, the leaving of food and gifts, and the asking of protection serve as important parts of traditional rituals. One example of this is the ritual that occurs just before the beginning of hunting season.  (Source:  WIKIPEDIA.ORG)

LIVING BEINGS

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DEAD BEINGS ARE ALIVE

Excerpt from the book 1,001 THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE DEAD, by Lawrence R. Spencer:

“PRETEND YOU ARE SAINT PETER  AT THE PEARLY GATES PASSING JUDGMENT ON PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET INTO HEAVEN. (See Footnote) [i]

A lot of people die every day. Recent global estimates of deaths are as follow: 53 million people die each year, 146,357 people die each day, 6,098 people die each hour, 102 people die each minute.

Simple arithmetic, based on these figures, makes two things apparent: 1) a lot of people die 2) at this time, a lot more people are being born than dying. In fact, there are 128 million births per year. That’s 353,015 births per day or 14,709 births each hour! The numbers get larger every day.

One good theoretical question to ask is this: if each soul or spirit gets only 1 body per lifetime, (even if every single one was reincarnated) where are all of the extra spirits coming from?

If you read the book ALIEN INTERVIEW, as suggested earlier, the answer to this question is covered there.

PRETEND YOU ARE THE DEVIL AT THE GATES OF HELL COUNTING YOUR NEW RECRUITS.

The Gates of Hell must be a very, very busy place. Think of the paperwork! Historically, killing each other has been the second most popular pastime on Earth. (Apparently, having sex is number one.) In fact, in all of recorded human history there has been only 11 years when a war was NOT being fought somewhere on Earth.

Either way, tons of people arrive at the Gates of Hell for a good reason, i.e. murder. It probably won’t take you long to figure out that Earth IS Hell.

For example, during World War II about 70,000,000 people were killed in only 4 years! Here are a few more statistics concerning man’s favorite sport:

105 Million: Total 20th century war deaths

100 Million: Africans killed by “good” Christian Europeans during the African slave trade

90 Million: Native Americans slaughtered by “good” Christians, i.e. European invaders

60-80 Million: Murdered by Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong and his minions

40 Million: People slain by Genghis Khan and his minions in Asia

30 Million: Slaughtered in the Taiping Rebellion (See Footnote) [ii]

30 Million: Deaths caused by Joseph Stalin and his minions in Purges / Famines in Communist Russia

30 Million: Deaths caused by minions of Mao Tse Tung due to Famines in Communist China

Etc., etc., etc..

This makes your job of handing out punishment for the sins of those arriving at the Gates of Hell pretty easy: tell everyone to go back to Earth and try not to kill so many people next time — including all the other life forms on 1001 THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU'RE DEADthe planet! In fact, dare them not to kill anyone or anything.

This situation raises an odd question: if more than twice as many people are being born each year than are dying, “Where are all the spirits coming from that are creating the global  population boom on Earth?”

Fortunately, as suggested earlier, the Top Secret transcripts published in the book ALIEN INTERVIEW answer this question also.”

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FOOTNOTES:

[i] Saint Peter The pearly gates is an informal name for the gateway to the Heaven of Christian belief. It is inspired by the description of the New Jerusalem in Book of Revelation 21:21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate being made from a single pearl.

The image of the gates in popular culture is a set of large, white or wrought-iron gates in the clouds, guarded by Saint Peter (the keeper of the “keys to the kingdom”); those not fit to enter heaven are denied entrance at the gates, and thus descend into Hell.

[ii] The Taiping Rebellion was a widespread civil war in southern China from 1850 to 1864, led by heterodox Christian convert Hong Xiuquan, against the ruling Qing Dynasty. About 20 million people died, mainly civilians, in one of the deadliest military conflicts in history.

Hong established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (Chinese: 太平天囯 pinyin: Tàipíng Tiān Guó), officially the “Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace”, with its capital at Nanjing. The Kingdom’s Army controlled large parts of southern China, at its height containing about 30 million people. The rebels attempted social reforms and the replacement of Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion with a form of Christianity. Troops were nicknamed the Long hair (長毛, pinyin: cháng máo).

The Taiping areas were besieged by Qing forces throughout most of the rebellion. The Qing government defeated the rebellion with the eventual aid of French and British forces.

In the 20th century, China’s communist leader Mao Zedong glorified the Taipings as early heroic revolutionaries against a corrupt. More recently, a total rethinking has occurred in China on the destruction that the rebellion had caused to the Chinese nation, plus the dangers of radical religiosity.

SEDLEC OSSUARY

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Only Catholics would build a chapel out of the bones of 70,000 people who died from The Plague!  It’s so perverted, it’s almost aesthetic!

Sedlec Ossuary

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have in many cases been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic, attracting over 200,000 visitors yearly. Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat of arms, and the signature of Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance.  SEE A COMPLETE PHOTO GALLERY HERE:  Sedlec Ossuary Gallery