Greek underworld facts for kids
The underworld is the place in Greek mythology where people go when they die. It is also called Hades after the god who rules there. Its gates are guarded by the three-headed dog, Cerberus. There are five places you end up, one is Tartarus. Not all people though end up in there. People that lived normal lives would go to The Fields of Asphodel, heroes would go to The Fields of Elysium and very bad people would go the Fields of Punishment. If you were put into Elysium, you could choose to be reborn and if you made it to Elysium three times then you went to the Isle of the Blessed. This was like the ultimate heaven. There are several special places/areas:
- the Elysion (Latin: Elysium) or Elysian fields, where the heroes and the virtuous go; very few people come here
- the Asphodel Meadows, where the 'average' dead people go
- the Tartaros (Latin: Tartarus), where immortal enemies of the current Twelve Olympians are eternally punished, for example Kronos and the other Titans.
- the Fields of punishment, where people who have done really bad things in their life are sent to suffer eternally. These Fields overlap with, and are partially in, Tartarus.
Images for kids
Relief from a carved funerary lekythos at Athens: Hermes as psychopomp conducts the deceased, Myrrhine, to Hades, ca 430-420 BCE (National Archaeological Museum of Athens).
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