Elysium, equates to "peaceful". In Greek mythology, Elysium refers to the abode of the blessed, paradise. Situated at the end of the world, it is here, that those chosen by the gods/goddesses are sent to.
In Greek mythology, all mortal persons
were consigned to the underworld (Hades) after their life on Earth was
finished. Heaven was reserved for the gods/goddesses and a very few
mortals who had proven themselves worthy. The most notable of the latter
having been Hercules. Additionally, those mortals admitted to Heaven were
generally semi divine at birth, having had a deity as one of their parents.
The underworld of Greek mythology does not equate to the modern idea of Hell. Mankind had to have hope of a pleasant place to go after his life was ended; otherwise, the moral structure of Greek civilization would
decay and the populace abandon worship of the divinities.
The underworld consisted of three
parts where a mortal soul might go to spend the rest of eternity. As a
soul descended to Hades, his first stop would be the region called Erebus.
This was the limbo region prior to crossing the waters where the River
Acheron (The River of Woe) and the River Cocytus (The River of Lamentation)
joined. Charon would then ferry the dead across the water to the gates
of the underworld proper. However, souls which were not properly buried
and/or who had not had a coin placed on their lips for the passage fare were
refused transport by the boatman. These souls were left to wail and remain
without a resting place in the afterlife. There are three other rivers, for a
total of five, surrounded Hades and separated it from the upper world
of the living: the Phlegethon (River of Fire), the Styx (River of Unbreakable
Oath), and the Lethe (River of Forgetfulness).
On the far shore was the three-headed watchdog,
Cerberus. He would admit the dead into Hades but would allow none to return
to the surface world. After passing by Cerberus, each soul was brought before
three judges: Rhadamanthus, Minos and Aeacus. The former life of the newly
dead would be examined and their place in the underworld determined by
their worldly deeds.
For those people who were judged sinners
there was Tartarus. Tartarus was as far below the surface of the Earth
as the Earth was below Heaven. It was here that eternal torture or torment
was meted out to those unfortunate enough to earn the wrath of the gods.
Examples of such torments can be found in the stories of Tantalus and Sisyphus.
Tantalus, was placed within a pool, hungry and thirsty; and, each time he bent for a drink the pool would drain.
As he reached for fruit on the branch above him, the limb would move out
of reach. Sisyphus was convicted of having tricked and toyed with the gods during his mortal existence. He was condemned to eternally roll
a large stone to the top of a hill, only to have it roll back down again.
The third area would roughly equate to
our concept of heaven and was reserved for those mortals who had proven
themselves worthy by great deeds, unselfish piety or aiding the
gods. This was called the Elysium Fields (sometimes seen as Elysian Fields).
Here the souls of the dead would be able to hunt, feast and converse with
others of their status to their heart's desire. Naturally, this was the
level desired by those who lived during that time.
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