Psychopomp

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Many sets of religious beliefs have a particular spirit, deity, demon or angel whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife, such as Heaven or Hell. These creatures are called psychopomps, from the Greek word ψυχοπομπóς (psychopompos), literally meaning the 'guide of souls'.

They were often associated with horses, whippoorwills, ravens, dogs, crows, sparrows, harts (that is, male deer), and dolphins.

Compare Virgil's role in Dante's Inferno.

References

  • Wikipedia (2005). Psychopomp. Retrieved Nov 18 2005

Document Source

  • This page was originally sourced from Thelemapedia. Retrieved May 2009.