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The word “afterlife” has three main denotations along with scores of connotations. The question whether afterlife exists depends largely on one’s definition of reality and falls outside the scope of this entry. “Afterlife” is best understood as the historical concept that there is an individual or communal survival of the human personality after bodily death. There are many variations in the concept within religions as well as across religions. ⸙

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