Death Rituals before Islam A Comparison between the Rituals of the Iraqi and Roman Civilizations


  • Hasanain Abdulrazzaq Hasan Hadi Alhadi Asst. Prof. Dr. Mustansiriyah University, College of Education, Iraq



Funeral rites, Iraqi burials, Roman dead, mourning rites


Ancient civilizations cared about death rituals, especially the civilizations that owned a legacy replete with intellectual and doctrinal values, such as the Iraqi and Roman civilizations, which are trying as much as possible to find solutions in understanding death, and in how to deal with the bodies of the dead, and the way they show their grief and contribute to what they lost, so they invented rituals and behaviors certain means of honoring the body by purifying it (washing and perfuming it), covering it by shrouding it, and protecting it from the hands of tinkerers, and from the evil spirits that they believed in their ability to harm the souls of the dead, As well about presenting them (the Iraqi and Roman civilizations) imaginary metaphysical interpretations emanating from religious mythology, which seems somewhat similar in their funeral rites and rituals and in their perceptions of the world after death, in which the dead lie underground, to a world known to them as the lower world or underworld.


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Death Rituals before Islam A Comparison between the Rituals of the Iraqi and Roman Civilizations. (2015). ALUSTATH JOURNAL FOR HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, 62(3), 265-281.

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