A man named Er died in a war. After 12 days his body was uncorrupted and he returned to life, sent as a messenger from the other world to describe all that he had seen. After his soul departed, it travelled with many other souls and came to a divine place.
Here there were 4 openings, 2 in the sky and 2 in the ground. from the opening in the sky cam,e pure and clean souls. the opening from the ground contained the guilty and unclean.
Er approached the judges but was told to remain and observe and report to human kind. The journey was controlled by the Spindle of Necessity. The souls were given a lottery token and had a choice to pick any life possible. They must have learnt from their experiences.
When all of the souls had chosen their lives, a guardian spirit was assigned to them. They passed the throne of Lady Necessity and came to the river of forgetfulness. They were required to drink a certain amount of water from the river
In the middle of the night, each soul was carried upwards like shooting stars in various directions for re-birth.
Er remembered nothing of the transition back to his body. He found himself lying on a funeral pyre, able to recall his journey the afterlife.