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In the study of mythology and religion, the underworld is a generic term approximately equivalent to the lay term afterlife, referring to any place to which newly dead souls go.

See also:

Underworlds

Akkadian mythology

Australian Aboriginal mythology

Aztec mythology

Babylonian mythology

Buddhist mythology

Celtic mythology

Chinese mythology

Christianity

Egyptian mythology

Estonian mythology

Fijian mythology

see Melanesian mythology.

Finnish mythology

Greek mythology

Hebrew Bible

Hinduism

Incan mythology

Inuit mythology

Islamic mythology

Japanese mythology

Latvian mythology

Mapuche mythology

Mayan mythology

Melanesian mythology

(includes Fijian)

Norse mythology

Oromo mythology

Philippine mythology

Polynesian mythology

Pueblo mythology

Roman mythology

Slavic mythology

Sumerian mythology

Vodun

Wagawaga mythology

Rulers of the Underworld

(Note: this includes guardian-type creatures, ghosts, and spirits such as demons, veli, and Cerberus)

Aboriginal mythology


Akkadian mythology

Albanian mythology

Armenian mythology

Aztec mythology

Babylonian mythology

Balinese mythology

Bon mythology

Buddhist mythology

Canaanite mythology

Celtic mythology

Chinese mythology


Christian mythology

Egyptian mythology

Elamite mythology

Etruscan mythology

Finnish mythology

Greek mythology

Gypsy mythology

Haida mythology


Hinduism

Hopi mythology

Ibo mythology

Incan mythology

Indonesian mythology

Inuit mythology

Islamic mythology

Japanese mythology

Kassite mythology

Khmer mythology

Latvian mythology

Levantine mythology

Lunda mythology

Maya mythology

Melanesian mythology

(includes Fijian mythology)

Narragansett mythology

Navaho mythology

Niquiran mythology

Norse mythology

Orokolo mythology

Persian mythology

Philippine mythology

Phoenician mythology

Phrygian mythology

Polynesian mythology

Prussian mythology

Pueblo mythology

Roman mythology

Russian mythology

Saami mythology

Salish mythology

Siberian mythology

Slavic mythology

Sumerian mythology

Syrian mythology

Tamil mythology

Vodun

Wagawaga mythology

Yoruba mythology

Yurak mythology

Zuni mythology


Fiction

Games

  • The evil Outer Planes of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
  • The Netherworld of the Playstation 2 videogame Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
  • A representation of hell in the Mortal Kombat videogame series, known as the Netherrealm. It has influenced several gothic fiction texts.

Literature

  • The setting for the Heroes in Hell shared world series of Bangsian Fantasy works by Janet Morris, C. J. Cherryh and others.
  • The location of the captive Prince Rilian in The Silver Chair, of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series, is the Underland.

TV

  • In the television series Charmed, The Underworld was the residence of evil beings.
  • From Star Trek, Gre'thor and Fek'lhr appear in Klingon mythology.
  • In the television series PRMF, the antagonists reside in a world which appears to be quite literally under the surface of the earth. Nevertheless, several ghoulish characters—such as Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Mummies and even someone very similar to Frankenstein's Monster—act as primary residents.

Source

Part of this article consists of modified text from Wikipedia, and the article is therefore licensed under GFDL.