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Both are myths/states of mind. Hades is supposed to be a place for the dead to rest, at least in Christian theology... it's not the same thing as "hell" at all (or Hel, from Norse myth). In Greco-Roman mythology, it was just the underworld for dead people: not a paradise, but not torment either. Elysium was for the honoured dead, like Heaven and Valhalla.
Originally posted by TheProphetMark
So what really is Hades? I always thought it was Hell.
Originally posted by Spike Spiegle
reply to post by TheProphetMark
Hades was the Greek " underworld " , hell if you so wish.
One had to pay the ferryman for the ride into the afterlife.
Hence why many traditions still exist of placing two coins on the dead, one on each eye.
The toll must be paid, lest ye be left behind.
SSedit on 103030p://pm3038 by Spike Spiegle because: ferryman*
Originally posted by ptdait
Hades is the the GOD of the underworld, not the word for underworld.
Greek underworld was made up of various realms believed to lie beneath the earth or at its farthest reaches.
* The great pit of Tartarus, originally the exclusive prison of the old Titan gods, it later came to be the dungeon home of damned souls.
* The land of the dead ruled by the god Hades, which is variously called the house or domain of Hades (δόμος Ἄϊδος, domos Aïdos), Hades, Erebus, the Asphodel Meadows (where the neutral souls are sent), Stygia and Acheron.
* The Isles of the Blessed or Elysian Fields ruled by Cronus (According to Pindar in his descriptions), where the great heroes of myth resided after death.
* The Elysian Fields ruled by Rhadamanthys, where the virtuous dead and initiates in the ancient Mysteries were sent to dwell.
The five rivers of Hades are Acheron (the river of sorrow), Cocytus (the river of lamentation), Phlegethon (the river of fire), Lethe (the river of forgetfulness) and Styx (the river of hate), which forms the boundary between upper and lower worlds.