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Hel: The Goddess of the Underworld "Go To Hell"


Have you ever wondered where the phrase Go to Hell comes from? I have. I'm not sure what activated my curiosity, but I did some investigation into the subject.

According to Norse Mythology, Hel (Holle, Hulda, Hag, Hela, Hella- "the Hidden" "to conceal") is the Goddess of Death and the Underworld (Helheim). SacredHaven.ca reports, Hel's realm is named, Helheim, because she accepts all into Helheim and guides peaceful deaths. She also determines the fate of each soul in the afterlife. In fact, those who die an evil death exiled to a realm of icy cold death and torture (Judeo-Christian Hell).

Her physicality is described as puzzling, as Hel appears half-beautiful and half-dead with a fierce expression. She is the daughter of Loki (Germanic Trickster or Lucifer) and giantess Angrboda. Her siblings consist of wolf Fenrir and the world serpent, Jormungand. Killer Family.

The public's perception of Hel is undetermined. Is she evil? Is she good? Some depict Hel as being rather deplorable due to her selfishness, cruelty, and apathetic concern of both the living and the dead. Others believe Hel is the source of gentle comfort for life's natural cycle- death. Once a soul has reached Helheim, Hel prepares it for reincarnation- a totally new life cycle.

Check Out History Channel's True Monsters depiction of Hel- The Goddess of the Norse Underworld, here:

OK.Now that you know the origin of Go to Hel (Hell)....do you still want to go? Not me.

Resources

Norse-Mythology.org

SacredHaven.ca

NorthernPaganism.org

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