similarities and differences in beliefs about the afterlife in Mesopotamia and Egypt in the period before 500 B.C.E.
Early Mesopotamians conceptualized the universe as a sphere, one half occupied by the living, the other by the dead.
For Egypt, itt varied depending on whether you were royal or nonroyal. If you were nonroyal, you would have all the best things available in the Egypt that you lived in, with none of the nastiness. And if you were poor, you could come back much wealthier.