Abaddon, the “place of destruction” is synonymous with Sheol in Proverbs and Job. In later writings, such as the Book of Revelation, Abaddon is personified as the king of the abyss who can command an army of locusts to torment men who aren’t marked with the seal of God.
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. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins’ journey into Xibalba as recounted in the Popul Voh.
According to a 2004 Gallop poll, 81% of Americans believe in heaven and 70% believe in hell.
Today is 6/6/06 – or 666 – which means superstition is everywhere.
In Aztec mythology, Mictlantecuhtli was the skeletal god of death who ruled over Mictlan, the underworld, with his wife, Mictlancihuatl.