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The Soul's Final Destiny. Results And Conclusions

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By looking collectively at all the scarce references to the question of soul's final destiny, this chapter puts together a partial but coherent picture of what the initiates believed. It assembles all the mentions of the soul's final destiny. In the tablet from Hipponion, once the soul has answered the guardians and drunk the water of Mnemosyne, it is prophesied. In the tablet from Entella, once the same conditions have been established, there is mention of "passwords" followed by a portion of the text that is practically destroyed. In a tablet from Thurii, once the soul has declared, that it is arriving in a pure state and that it belongs to the race of the gods, there is mention of exit from the circle, achieving the crown, and reaching the lap of the goddess. The ultimate destination of the soul is clearly a sacred place in the underworld.

Keywords:final destiny; soul; underworld



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