From the eerie depths of Hades in Greek mythology to the precarious afterlife of Duat in Egyptian lore, what becomes of our soul after we die has been a source of fascination for thousands of years. But what exactly happens to our bodies? It seems that despite recognizing a separation between soul and flesh, our ancestors often showed equal reverence for the latter. Mummification, elaborate burials with numerous oblations, and the continued maintenance of burial grounds show that we deeply care about the fate of our bodies. Yet how we care is a different story.
For those of us who donate our bodies to science, there is almost always a story behind the choice. Some may have been touched by organ donation, some may have struggled with a rare disease and hope to improve the lives of future patients, still, others may be atheists who want to take an industrious approach to their death. Learn about where the study of human anatomy and dissection began and what happens to our bodies after we donate them to science, releasing our soul to persist in Hades, Duat, or otherwise.