The word arises from the Greek eschatos meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”, and first appeared in English around 1844. The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as “the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind”.
In the context of mysticism, the term refers metaphorically to the end of ordinary reality and to a reunion with the Divine. Many religions treat eschatology as a future event prophesied in sacred texts or in folklore.
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