I imagine this to be something like it is described in Greek mythology: the soul loses its attachment to the body and enters the underworld, which is a transcendent place of passage.It is cool, foggy, the atmosphere there is terrifying (because you don’t know where to go) and then sooner or later you have to cross the river Styx (you want to leave this intermediate place and not dawn for all eternity with the feelings of the upper world). (Comparable to purgatory, this too is described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as cold and foggy, which makes the term “purgatory” misleading – there is no fire and no light, one does not see with one’s eyes but “gropes through sensations”). This river symbolizes the cosmic hatred as such (the river itself is a primordial and thus a actually shapeless deity as well as, for example, Kronos, which is a time without form). The hatred and all the directly negative feelings and sensations that emerge from it, which man has charged during his life, are almost stuck to the soul and make it difficult to cross the river. The reason for this is that the same and the same attracting, the heart is petrified, full of hatred and fear, and if one has lived too much after it, one can no longer free one’s from this river and is “swept” into even deeper levels of the underworld. These areas (Tartaros, Hell) are places of emotional torment. After this “cleansing” the remnant is pushed into the “primordial ground/abyss/darkness”, this primal ground is the wrong reflection of the “Big Bang/Chaos/Uncreated Potential” (and also from this) and this one has to imagine like a black hole, there is absolutely nothing, no more existence. Back to the shore of the Styx: The “good deeds” from the previous life, however, are now materially, i.e. exactly mirrored as it is here, worth cash gold with which one can pay for the crossing. After this crossing, one is first purified of further “negative attachments” and then enters the “Asphodeliengrundgrund”, where the souls are finally gathered from the “positive attachments” are purified. This place is already free of pain and suffering, but not as good as life itself, you are in a state of wistfulness and melancholy, you mourn life after what could have been done better, you remember the good moments and after this “Wi edererinnerung” which can last longer if one has lived one’s life fully one dissolves and comes back into an earthly sphere closer to our world (in which one may be reborn?). That’s my idea of the “way down.” Death thus goes beyond actual physical death and, like childbirth, is extremely painful. You go up to the “Paradise/Valhalla/Heaven/Olymp” if you manage in earthly existence to “sacrifice” a high transcendent “value” for something that represents a very high divine value. Examples: “The Self-Sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the Forgiveness of Sins.” or “The Self-Sacrifice of Odin to the Realization of the Meaning of Magical Symbols”, “The Self-Sacrifice of Elissa to the Foundation of the City of Carthage” etc. Through this act, a “self-deification” takes place somewhere, in which the soul is fed directly into the divine sphere (or sphere close to God), but in which one is directly and violently separated from life and for this a countervalue in the earthly existence (where but even then you have nothing of it, because you no longer live). I strongly believe in the original principle of relationship with the ancient gods in the form of sacrifice (also prayer, for example. is a kind of sacrifice in which one sacrifices one’s short time and some devotion to obtain a different kind of consciousness). The ancient Aztecs sacrificed human hearts to their gods, as they are the “seat of life” and the Germans with the self-sacrifice in the struggle for the Sippschaft/tribe. Our current religious concepts from the world religions are usually more about maintaining a social order as an instrument of power politics and these are often empty lip service or strongly changed theories and dogmas. which usually fall into a scientific vanity and have no practical relevance. Religion is and remains a compendium of spiritual experiences of the individual, and then unexplainable natural phenomena were regarded as divine (which is also true in the broadest sense). The concrete ideas of different religons can be different, but many theological core concepts behind them are actually comparable to each other, in The Indo-European they were also related to each other and the best-preserved offshoot today is Indian Hinduism, which is also abused as socially (caste). These various old-fashioned myths and beliefs also contain a certain logical coherence, even if the described may sound crazy to some. Do ut des – “Give and Take”. Or: Nothing comes of nothing.