Etruscan Mythology

The mysterious pre-Roman Gods of the Etruscans...

CHARUN

Etruscan Psychopomp Demon

Also known as Charu, Karun

Scary hammer-wielding psychopomp and guardian of the Underworld

Do not confuse him with Charon, the Greek ferryman of the dead. Not if you value your death.

Charun is a demonic deity who guards the Underworld and escorts the dead through the gates. He has a wolf’s head with a vulture beak, pointy ears, wings and a hammer of horror. Not someone you would particularly wish to bare your soul to.

Rumors that he punishes souls with torment and anguish are entirely without foundation. He leaves that up to assistants such as Tuchulcha. Please don’t worry about that huge hammer he’s carrying. It’s purely for ceremonial use. He only hits people when absolutely necessary.

Charun Facts and Figures

Name: Charun
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Charu, Karun

Gender: Male
Type: Demon
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role:
In charge of: Escorting Souls
Area of expertise: Psychopomp, Ferryman, Death

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on September 10, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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