Though "paradise" is a common term, it has different definitions. In James Hilton's Lost Horizon it is a land tucked away in the Himalayas where the inhabitants never grow old. To New Yorkers caught up in two rush-hours a day it is sunny Florida. To wet Londoners, Spain's Costa del Sol. Hawaii and the French Riviera qualify.
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For Christians loosening their mortal coils, heaven. For American Indians, the happy hunting ground. For Muslims, 72 virgins await. For many, it's a reunion with loved ones who have passed.
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