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Name Description Status
Baldr Norse god of light, condemned to the Underworld until the renewal of the world. Added 8 April
Odysseus Laertides Enters the Underworld to learn his fate from the prophet Tiresias. Added 8 April
Aeneas Dscended to the Underworld in Virgil's Aeneid. Used on Dione
Belacqua, Lyra Travelled to the Underworld to free the souls of the dead, from the His Dark Materials series of novels for young adults by Philip Pullman. Added 28 March
Dionysus & Xanthias The Greek god of wine and his slave companion, who travel to the underworld in The Frogs (405 BCE), comedy by Aristophanes (c. 446-386 BCE), Greek playwright.
Djanggawul In Australian aboriginal (Yolngu) culture, these three siblings traveled from the Island of the Dead to create the Australian landscape. Added 28 March
Enkidu A figure from the ancient Mesopotamian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh who ventures into the Underworld.
Gangrim Doryeong Sent to the Underworld to capture Yeomra (at that time the King of the Underworld) in order to discover the cause of deaths of some mortals. When he returned to his village with Yeomra, Yeomra asked the village official if he wanted to keep Gangrim's body or soul. The official claimed his body; Gangrim's soul, therefore, descended to the Underworld where he replaced Yeomra as the death god. Added 25 March
Heracles Also known as Hercules, hero of Greek mythology. The last of his "twelve labors" was to enter the Underworld and retrieve the three-headed dog Cerberus.
Inanna & Dumuzi Inanna was a prominent goddess in the ancient Sumerian religion, who entered the Underworld and was revived, but sent her husband Dumuzi into the Underworld to take her place.
Izanagi Japanese deity who gave birth to the islands of Japan, went to the Underworld to look for his bride/younger sister Izanami. Added 21 March
Orfeo & Euridice From Greek mythology, after the death of his beloved wife Eurydice, Orpheus entered the Underworld to try to bring her back; he failed. Spellings are Italian.
Orpheus From Greek mythology, after the death of his beloved wife Eurydice, Orpheus entered the Underworld to try to bring her back; he failed.. Used on Eros
Pere Porter Protagonist in a series of Catalonian folktales from the 15th-17th centuries, he ventures into Hell to find a solution to his debts. Added 28 March
Persephone Queen of the Underworld, abducted by Hades, in Greek mythology. Used on Venus
Proserpina Greek goddess also known as Persephone, who was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld as his bride. Added 21 March
Sleipnir From Norse mythology, a powerful eight-legged horse that was able to enter the Underworld and return. Added 21 March
Sun Wukong Powerful Monkey King of Chinese mythology, was dragged into the Underworld but escaped with immortality. Added 21 March
Theseus & Pirithous They attempt to abduct Persephone out of the Underworld; Theseus escapes, but Pirithous must remain behind. Added 28 March
Virgil & Beatrice Tour guides through the Inferno, Purgatory and Paridise in The Divine Comedy, epic poem by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet.
Xbalanque & Hunahpu Travelers who defeated the lords of the underworld in a ballgame and were transformed into the Sun and Moon. From The Hero Twins, the oldest surviving Mayan myth, c. 200-900 CE.