Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eternal Fires? The Door To Hell Can Be Found in Derweze, Turkmenistan

          Good Day Humboldt County!

  Hell on earth.

  It’s hell dealing with cranky people all day.

  Go to hell. Hell’s bells! The hell of it is, I had fun. Oh…hell!

  We use the word so often in public, hell is like saying… hello.

No one raises an eyebrow if you say hell nowadays. Once upon a time this wasn’t true.

Hell was a bad word.

The subject only came up if you were in fear of going there, or were offering to give someone hell for whatever reason. 

In many religious traditions, hell is a place of suffering and punishment in an afterlife, often after resurrection.

 Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as endless.

Religions with a cyclic history often depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations.

Typically these traditions locate hell under the Earth's external surface and often include entrances to Hell from the land of the living.

Other afterlife destinations include Heaven, Purgatory, Paradise, and Limbo.

Other traditions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe hell as an abode of the dead, a neutral place located under the surface of Earth (for example, see sheol and Hades).

Modern understandings of hells often depict them abstractly, as a state of loss rather than as fiery torture literally underground, but this view of the concept of a hell can, in fact, be traced back into the ancient and medieval periods as well.

Hell is sometimes portrayed as populated with demons who torment those dwelling there.

Many are ruled by a death god such as Nergal, Hades, Enma or the Christian and Islamic Devil (Satan or Sheitan, otherwise known as the fallen angel Lucifer or Iblis).

In Islam, the Devil does not actually reside in Hell.

Hell appears in several mythologies and religions.

It is commonly inhabited by demons and the souls of dead people.

A fable about hell which recurs in folklore across several cultures is the allegory of the long spoons.

 Hell is often depicted in art and literature, perhaps most famously in Dante's Divine Comedy.

Photos with Text Via BoxNut

1 comment:

Steve Lewis said...

Been there, done that. Gone to hell that is if by Hell you mean standing on the edge of the Lake of Fire. If I could post images here I'd show you the lava-filled crater I stood next to in Hawaii when Mauna Ulu was erupting, one of the vent volcanoes off Kilauea on the Big Island. It was awesome as about 50 yards from the observation platform (which burned up the following day when lava overflowed the crater) erupting as a 50 foot geyser of lava within a small crater lake of lava. There was an accompanying sound each time the geyser went off with regularity, Whoooooophhh!, Whoooomphh, like a giant heart beating. A most memorable experience, right up there with the great white shark that followed our tiny seashell dinghy overloaded with four guys, scary just like your photo before of the guy on the surfboard being followed
you posted. And did I tell you about the tornado I had Sparky call upon the Thunder Beings to produce who did so immediately last year back outside of Ogallalah, Nebraska. Oh the life of religious, ah, overachievers, is blessed with miraculous events.

Dave, the Christian Hell is based on the Egyptian concept of a Lake of Fire that the soul has to cross with a psychopomp's purification rituals and magic words. Anubis filled that role in for ancient Egyptians and John the Baptist filled it for Christ, the Jordan being symbolic of the River of Life one crosses over to get to the Promised Land.