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Category: Myths of the Afterlife

  • Charon: Ferryman of the Dead

    Charon: Ferryman of the Dead

    Mythological Origins of Charon Charon, a figure shrouded in mystery, emerges from the primordial chaos that pre-dates the Olympians. Son to Erebus and Nyx, specters symbolizing darkness and night, Charon embodies an intriguing mix of devotion and detachment, ferrying souls with neither judgment nor mercy, adhered solely to the eternal tradition that demands his obol…

  • Greek Afterlife vs Modern Justice

    Greek Afterlife vs Modern Justice

    Concepts of Justice in Greek Mythology Greek mythology paints Hades, ruler of the Underworld, not as evil but as a stern, fair judge of souls. His role was to ensure the dead received their due based on their earthly actions. The ancient Greeks viewed Hades more neutrally – less like a devil and more like…

  • Religions vs Greek Hades

    Religions vs Greek Hades

    Concept of Hades in Greek Mythology Hades, the god of the underworld in Greek mythology, presides over a gloomy domain where the spirits of the deceased dwell. Alongside him rules Persephone, who was famously abducted to become the queen of this shadowy kingdom. Known originally as a daughter of Demeter, goddess of harvest, her transition…

  • The Underworld, quick and dirty

    Here’s whatcha need to know: The Underworld is where people’s souls go when they die. All people, good and bad. It is, unsurprisingly, located under the world we inhabit It is not Hell and people aren’t generally punished (with a few exceptions) It is shady and dark and covered in boring flowers called Asphodel except…

  • Otherworlds Synchroblog: Olympus

    I’m writing here about what I cared about when I was younger: the Otherworlds of Olympus and Underworld. Most are aware of their existence, but few have any detail, and fewer still can really imagine Olympus, thus my focus today. Part of me would really like to post instead about the world of the Othered…