The kingdom of the world actually holds the God of Death and underworld. Some are good, some are bad and all are responsible for everything that’s happening around the world. Each of them belongs to different mythology and their story will amaze you both in a positive and negative way.
Death along with birth is the major part of human life. But, death is the most unpredictable moment, probably the mysterious one. Deities linked with death often belongs to a specific culture and religion. However, the term deities of death and destruction often referred to someone who rules over the death and determines the time of the death.
People often involve the God of death into mythology and religion. Even in some religions, this deity is the main part of worship. We can say that these God of death also holds the book of destiny where the lifetime of each person has been recorded.
Here are just a few of the deities who represent death and the dying of the earth and they are:
Anubis, the god of death is the oldest and the most prominent of ancient Egyptian deities. The ancient Egyptians highly admired Anubis because they believed he had enormous power over both their physical and spiritual forms when they died.
Anubis was either recognized as a man with a jackal head (dog) or completely in the form of a jackal. His fame lasted until his role as God of death was taken over by Osiris and Anubis became Osiris' assistant. (18.1)
According to the Hindu Vedic tradition, Yama was honored as the God of death. In Hindu tradition, there is a book called “Book of Destiny” where the records of each person are recorded and Yama actually look after this whole process. Also, Hindu Vedic tradition believes that Yama was the very first human to die and then, make his way to the new world where he got the task of being a King of the dead. (18.2)
Freyja was the Goddess of death in the Norse Mythology highly associated with beauty, love, abundance, fertility, war, battle and of-course death. Despite of being a death God, people often called Freyja for assistance in childbirth, to get rid of marital problems and to boost positivity in the surroundings (land and sea). (18.3)
Thanatos was the God or personified spirit of non-violent death. Although, according to the Greek Mythology, he was a minor and barely appearing in person but, in Greek vase painting Thanatos was depicted as a winged, bearded older man, or more rarely as a beardless youth. (18.4)
Hecate was the Goddess of Death highly associated with crossroad, magic, light, knowledge of herbs, poisonous plants, ghost, and death. However, she was basically associated with Goddess of fertility and childbirth but over the time she has linked with underworld and destruction. People belong to Greek mythology actually believe that she rules the world of spirit. (18.5)
Meng Po actually serves in Diyu the Chinese Kingdom of the dead. This Chinese Goddess appears as an old woman. She prepared a special herbal tea and this is to give each soul to drink before they leave Diyu. Her important task is to make sure that souls who are ready to be reincarnated should not remember anything about their previous life. (18.6)
Hades was the ancient Greek chthonic god of the underworld; he was the oldest son of Cronus and Rhea and brothers of Zeus and Poseidon. While the Zeus received the sky and Poseidon received sea and last but not the least his brother Hades got stuck with the land of the underworld. (18.7)
In the Norse mythology, Hel is the ruler of underworld and death. She is the daughter of Loki and Angrboda. Her appearance is pretty hard to explain but it is like half blue and half flesh colored with some gloomy texture downside. She has a hall called Eljuonir and it is a strong belief in Norse Mythology that it is the hall where mortals go who do not die in battle but of natural causes or sickness. (18.8)
The Morrighan is also known as Phantom queen or Morrigu. In Irish mythology, she is known as the Goddess of Death who is associated with mainly war, battle and death. She is also famous because of her foretelling death in the battle. Because of her association with war and battles, she is also known as a great warrior who determines which warriors walk off the battlefield. (18.9)
Osiris is God of Death and underworld but he is also associated with God of Transition, resurrection, and regeneration. He appears as the green-skinned deity followed by a distinctive crown. Despite being a God of Death, he often described as Lord of Love in ancient times. His black-green skin symbolizes rebirth and resurrection. (18.10)
Mot was the ancient god of death and Underworld. He was worshipped by the people of Ugarit and Phoenicians. It was said that his bottom lip touched earth while his top reached the heavens. Mot was not at all social being instead he was so scared of other Gods especially, Baal. It was a belief that Mot has some serious conflict with Baal, the God of rains and storms but, later on, baal feared mot because he built his divine palace without any window to keep his enemy God out. (18.11)
God of Death Whiro is also known as Lord of Darkness or evil in Maori Mythology. They often responsible for the ills of all persons and even in some tales when people die, their bodies descend into the underworld, where they are eaten by Whiro. Each time Whiro eats a body, he becomes stronger.
Many people incorporated the Deity of death and underworld into their mythology and religion. Although the system has evolved from over the centuries, the concept of these tales remains the same. Some people still believe in it and some just ignore, either way, you can’t deny it. (18.12)
From Gaia to Kali; every goddess in mythologies have a prominent role to create or restore the balance in nature and the universe.
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