International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies
Volume 3, Issue 3, 2023
Exploring the Gate of Death: An Analysis of NDE from the Religious Culture Perspective
Author(s): Hieronymus Purwanta
This study aimed to find the roots of differences in near-death experiences between different religious cultures. The research question posed is: why are there differences in experiences gained through near-death? Data on near-death experiences were obtained from the near-death case, Azlina from the Malay ethnic group who developed Islamic culture, and Martin Ebetan from the Minahasa ethnic group formed by the Protestant culture. The analysis was carried out using the hermeneutic approach developed by Heidegger on presuppositions. The presuppositions consist of fore-having, fore-sight, and fore-conception to form a vision in the world of near-death or what Sigmund Freud called latent dream content. The study results show that the vision experienced during near-death represents the initial experience obtained from religious culture. Azlina's vision of torture against sinners is closely related to her understanding of Islamic law, which has a vital position in Malay culture. On the other hand, Martin Ebetan met a robed figure who carried a basin due to his understanding of Jesus according to Protestant teachings and became a central figure in Minahasa culture.
Keywords: Near-Death Experience, Religious Culture, Malay, Minahasa, Islam, Protestant
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