Near-Death Folklore in Medieval China and Japan : A Comparative Analysis
MCCLENON, JAMES (Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina)
Asian Folklore Studies,Volume 50,1991 :319-342
Western researchers have found common elements within modern near-death experiences (NDEs). Equivalent primary features exist in medieval European and Asian folklore accounts. These elements, which seemingly transcend culture, support belief in spiritual guides, immediate judgement by a deity follow in death, and transitional stages within the netherworld. Commonalities within N D E accounts may have contributed to cross-cultural convergences within religious ideologies.