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Pluto Theme #6: Travelers to the Underworld

Travelers to the Underworld icon Travelers to the Underworld: the intrepid travelers who have ventured into the Underworld and (sometimes) returned. Revisit our discussion forum.

Proposed Name Description Citation Notes
P6.1 Heracles Hero of Greek mythology. The last of his "twelve labors" was to enter the Underworld and retrieve the three-headed dog Cerberus. britannica.com Most popular in category, favored by 34% of all voters worldwide.
P6.2 Virgil Tour guide through the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise in Dante's The Divine Comedy. britannica.com Second most popular in category, favored by 31% of all voters worldwide.
P6.3 Beatrice Tour guide through the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise in Dante's The Divine Comedy. britannica.com Second most popular in category, favored by 31% of all voters worldwide.
P6.4 Djanggawul In Australian aboriginal (Yolngu) culture, these three siblings traveled from the Island of the Dead to create the Australian landscape. pantheon.org  
P6.5 Ixbalanqué One of the "Mayan hero twins," who defeated the lords of the Underworld in a ball game and were transformed into the Sun and Moon. mythologydictionary .com  
P6.6 Hunahpu One of the "Mayan hero twins," who defeated the lords of the Underworld in a ball game and were transformed into the Sun and Moon. mythologydictionary .com  
P6.7 Sleipnir From Norse mythology, a powerful eight-legged horse that was able to enter the Underworld and return. britannica.com. See also mythologydictionary .com for the tale of his travel into Niflheim.  
P6.8 Sun Wukong Powerful Monkey King of Chinese mythology, was dragged into the Underworld but escaped with immortality. pantheon.org  
P6.9 Inanna 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. pantheon.org  
P6.10 Dumuzi Husband if Inanna in Sumerian mythology, sent into the Underworld to take her place after she was revived. pantheon.org  
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