Underworld

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Underworld is a region in some religions and in mythologies which is thought to be under the surface of the earth.[1] It could be a place where the souls of the recently departed go, and, in some traditions, it is identified with Hell or the realm of death. In other traditions, however, such as animistic traditions, it could be seen as the place where life appears to have originated from (such as plant life, water, etc.) and a place to which life must return at life's end, with no negative undertones.

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Underworlds by mythology

This list includes underworlds in various mythologies, with links to corresponding articles.

Underworld rulers

This list includes rulers or guardians of the underworld in various mythologies, with links to corresponding articles.

See also

  • World Tree—A tree that connects the heavens, the earth, and the underworld in a number of spiritual belief systems

References

Aztec mythology (Mictlan· Buddhism (Naraka· Chinese mythology (Diyu· Persian mythology (Duzakh· Christianity (Limbo · Hell· Ancient Egyptian religion (Duat· Germanic and Norse paganism (Hel · Niflheim· Greek mythology (Hades · Tartarus· Hinduism (Naraka  · Patala· Islam (Jahannam· Jainism (Naraka· Judaism (Gehennom · Sheol· Shinto (Yomi· Turkic-Mongolian (Erlik)

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