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Best Wishes For Accompanying The Soul To The Other World: A Tablet From Thurii (L 8)

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Tablet L 8 is somewhat different from others; unlike what occurs in the tablets from Hipponion, Entella, Petelia, and Pharsalus, the point is not only to give instructions to the deceased. The perspective opted from v. 3 on is external, as if the soul's transit to Hades were seen from this world, and it were taken for granted that the initiate will have done what he should have done and achieved his objective. This is why the past tense is used, compared to the future perspective in another tablet from Thurii (L 9, 9). Like those from the first group, this tablet begins with a reference to the situation, or the moment when the soul leaves the light of the sun, that is, when it abandons its body in its passage to Hades. The soul's final destiny is alluded to by the expression "the meadows and groves of Persephone".

Keywords:Persephone; soul; tablets; Thurii (L 8)

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