In Judeo-Christian traditions, Abaddon is known both as a “place of destruction” and a personified entity of destruction, though in most writings, it is primarily the former. Abaddon in the Old Testament The name Abaddon is derived from its Hebrew root, meaning ‘to destroy.’ It is used six times throughout the Wisdom literature in the Old Testament. Proverbs 15:11, 27:20 … [Read more...]
In the afterlife, Hell is a place of endless torture and suffering in many religious belief systems. Wrongdoers are punished for their crimes in this lifetime either through great loss, fiery torture, or are tormented by demons. Hell is often ruled by a death god like Satan, The Devil, Hades or Hell. Read articles about hell below.
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to tour Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave discovered in 1989 in Cayo, Belize. We were lucky enough to join a guided tour (the site is only accessible through licensed guides) and made our way into the depths of the cave. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins' journey into Xibalba as recounted in the … [Read more...]
According to a 2004 Gallop poll, 81% of Americans believe in heaven and 70% believe in hell. An earlier Gallup Poll found that 77% of Americans were optimistic about making it to heaven. Very few saw themselves as headed to hell. A Beliefnet.com poll held recently of 10,567 respondents had similar findings - 76% believed in hell and 72% listed "unlikely" or "not a chance" … [Read more...]
Today is 6/6/06 - or 666 - which means superstition is everywhere. The remake of 1976 horror movie The Omen opens today, heavy metal band Slayer starts it's North American tour, the latest book in the Left Behind series is out, and even crazy conservative Ann Coulter is releasing a book. The folks in Hell, Michigan are throwing a party to celebrate the day. "I've got … [Read more...]
In Aztec mythology, Mictlantecuhtli was the skeletal god of death who ruled over Mictlan, the underworld, with his wife, Mictlancihuatl. After the restoration of the sky and earth by Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl, the two gods decide to create people to inhabit the new world. In order to do this, Quetzalcoatl travels to the underworld to retrieve the human bones of the … [Read more...]