Now we have what must be almost the obligatory trip to the other side or the realm of death. observe though that our hero is exposed to a drug of some sort and that he does all this in a dream state as we have come to expect.
He does meet his friend Yodel and thus has reassurance regarding the after life.
I find it different from other mythological descriptions and all those as well as this appear unrelated to current near death experiences or with actual descriptions of the architecture of the other side. It is as if it has all been reshaped along christian and even Hindu lines over the past thousands of years.
Remarkable really and displays the malleability of the after life itself which is unexpected.
Which is greater, the ruler who judges disputes between swineherds and listens to their complaints, or the ruler who appoints effective officials to deal with swineherds? Surely the former rules amid chaos while the latter rules with efficiency. Do not both of us believe, as all men believe, that there is One Great God above all gods, but we believe that being so great this Being is beyond approach by mere mortals. Only in this do we differ you and I".
[ We finally have actual mention of the word chariot and it seems that we do have animal drawn carts at the least and horse pulled chariots able to travel much faster. Again all early and before their active use in warfare. - arclein ]
[ an interesting prayer - arclein ]
[ Description of an out of body experience and perhaps even ayahuasca. - arclein ]
Hurmanetar drew back a pace then advanced again and, behold, both the Watchman and the Terror suddenly vanished and the hideous clamour was stilled.