-In order for the dead to get to Hades’s underworld, the living must put a coin under their tongue for passage over the river, Styx, int the land.
-Hades’s underworld consisted of three areas: Tartarus, where souls waited to be judeged, The Field of Asphodel, where souls waited for nothing and, The Elysian Fields, where it was always a party.
-Hades seldom left his world and closely inspected every new arrival that came into the underworld.
-Hades was the angry, change-hating, God of the underworld who never let his servants or mortals leave.
-Hades lived in a palace with his stolen queen, Persephone, in the deepest part of the underworld.
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Hey! You! Yeah, you. You should go on a kamikaze mission so you can join the armies of the dead! Hades is the god of the dead, and he is in charge of The Underworld. In addition he is the keeper of the paths by which the dead come to him. Hades (sometimes called Pluto) was the oldest of three brothers, who were Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. In this paper we will be hitting on the origin of Hades, the division of power between the three brothers, and what people thought of Hades as a deity overall (GreekMythology.com).
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