Even though each culture has their own mythology and beliefs, they tend to be more alike then different.
Do stories from different cultures suggest that people are more alike than they are different?
“At this stage you will see various shining lights in the distance; these are the paths of destiny. You may follow a red light...to rebirth among the Asuras...it is not a pleasant rebirth. A blue light indicates that your rebirth will be as a human being. A green light means that your ignorance will lead you to be reborn among plants or animals. White lights are good news--you will be reborn in one of the heavens.”
Tibetan Death Myth
Persian Death Myth
"The souls merits are weighed on a scale. If the good outweighs the bad, then the soul proceeds to on to heaven. If the good and bad are equal, the soul proceeds to Hamestagan, or Purgatory, where it is cleansed of its sin. If the bad outweighs the good, then the soul goes to hell."
"Since both warrior and his bride were good, they made it through the tempest without incident, and soon the water was as smooth as glass beneath a cloudless sky."
Algonquin Death Myth
Common Theme, Similarities, Differences, and Summary
Similarities: Souls are judged on their actions of good and evil in life which determines their fate in the afterlife. The choices a soul makes on earth have consequences in some way, either positive or negative. All cultures aim for goodness and try their best to avoid choices associated with evil or sins, because all decisions, both good and bad, show when, Finally, all three cultures believe that souls are judged individually so that each person takes responsibility for their own actions.
Common Theme Between Cultures: Actions determine fate
Difference: The soul’s destinations in each myth are not the same. For example, in the Persian culture, there is heaven and hell as well as purgatory, which is not an option in the two other myths. The Persian beliefs also differ from the others by allowing souls to have the opportunity to cleanse themselves and move up from hell to purgatory or from purgatory to heaven. In the Tibetan and Algonquin cultures, you are placed in either the good place or the hell, and you stay there for eternity.
Summary: Even cultures' death myths are not all the same, their people all that everyone has the same goal in life: to have a happy afterlife. In order to achieve this, they realize that they need to live a sin-free life and create goodness in the world. Although not all cultures believe in the same destination of afterlife, they all see the distinction between the good and the evil after they pass.