The new Folklore Thursday website launched on Thursday and it’s well worth a visit. This is my post on Charon and the journey to the Greek Underworld.

via Charon and the journey to Hades — Maria J. Pérez Cuervo

Moral of the story: dying is no simple task, and many cultures share similar stories of the perils of the journey to eternal life, one example being the weighing of the heart in ancient Egypt. If the heart was weighed down with bad  deeds, it was fed to Ammit the Devourer, and the unfortunate individual was denied eternal life.

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