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Arrival In The Subterranean World (The Tablets From Hipponion, Entella, Petelia And Pharsalus And The Reduced Versions, L 1–6)

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This chapter discusses the tablets from Hipponion, Entella, Petelia and Pharsalus, and begins with a discussion on the translation of the tablets. The tablet of Hipponion (L 1) begins with the declaration "this is the work of Mnemosyne" which was certainly also present in the one from Entella (L 2) at the lost beginning of line 1. Subsequently, the chapter examines a series of references to the moment when the deceased will cross over to the Beyond. In all the tablets of this group, it is emphasized that the location of the fountain is indicated by a cypress. The motif of the thirst felt by the dead in the Beyond is a universal belief that is still maintained in popular traditions. Libations and the custom of depositing recipients with water on tombs were often intended to assuage the thirst of the dead.

Keywords:cypress; Entella; foutains; Hipponion; Mnemosyne; Petelia; Pharsalus; Subterranean; Tablets; thirst



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