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The first in a series of guest posts by author Paul Andruss…
Gustave Dore: Painting form Inferno: Dante and Virgil 1885
Have you ever wondered what a psychopomp was?
What do you mean no!
If you think the fact you just don’t care is ever going to stop me, then think again!
A psychopomp is an animal or person that guides the newly dead to the afterlife. In Greek and Roman mythology it was the messenger of the gods, Hermes or Mercury (same god – different names).
In Norse mythology, the Valkyries (choosers of the slain) perform the role. Odin’s twelve handmaidens swept battlefields on their sky-steeds, often thought of as ravens not horses, collecting the souls of the heroic fallen to take to Valhalla – the Hall of Heroes- where they will feast until Ragnarok: the end times; the Twilight of the Gods.
Ancient Ireland was matrilineal – a…
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