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HADES

Picture of the Greek Death God HADES from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Greek Death God

Also known as HAIDES

Dead good God of the Underworld

He’s the son of CRONUS and RHEA. When the family fortune was divvied up, he got the Underworld share while his brothers ZEUS and POSEIDON were given the Sky and Sea. There’s nothing wrong with nepotism as long as you keep it in the family. They even named the place after him.

Unlike many Underworld Gods, HADES is quite affable provided you treat him with respect. And although a dingy and dull place, Hades itself seems to be a very popular joint — Greek heroes are always nipping down there to rescue their mates or consult the dead.

But HADES doesn’t really approve of these shady goings-on. The Land of the Dead is supposed to be for the dead, alright? Even if you get past CHARON and STYX, there’s a whole team of demonic officials to fend off enquiries, including THANATOS, CHARON and HYPNOS. Watch out for their bureaucratic dead tape. And don’t eat any pomegranates or you’ll be trapped there like his wife PERSEPHONE.

HADES, known to the Romans as PLUTO, has an enormous guard dog named CERBERUS keeping watch on the entrance to the Underworld. The sign on Hell’s Gate does not read ‘Beware of the Dog’. It reads: ‘Beware of the Three-Headed Serpent-Maned Monster Hound with Slavering Jaws and Deadly Halitosis’. Very few people have ever tried to reason with it.

HADES FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : HADES
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Death
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HAIDES
Popularity index : 75310

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Article last updated on 22 February 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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