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psychopomp


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- guide or conductor to the land of the dead

- spirit that guides you on your final journey

For example, as the messnger of the gods (herald), it was said that Hermes would sometimes guide the souls of the dead down to the underworld (act as a psychopomp).

 

from Brainy encyclopedia, an unattributed rip-off of Wikipedia

Many sets of religious beliefs have a particular spirit, god, demon or angel whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife (such as Heaven or Hell).
These creatures are called psychopomps.

{"god" changed to deity on Wikipedia 2004-15-Dec}: 15 Dec 2004

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

Compare [[Virgil]]'s role in [[Dante]]'s [[Inferno]].


  


  
Links:
pantheon.org : Hermes