Monday, May 08, 2006

Rivers of the Underworld

Columbia Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado

Styx: sacred river of unbreakable oath. Styx is also the name of a goddess and is the only female river. To swear by the Styx was the most holy oath a god could make.

Phlegethon: river of fire. It burns but does not consume.

Acheron: river of woe. The dead are ferried across by Charon, if they have been fortunate enough to have been supplied with the fare by their loved ones.

Cocytus: river of lamentation. Those who cannot pay the fare wander here, wailing, for a hundred years.

Lethe: river of forgetfulness. Drink here and forget.

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