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Pluto, God Of The Underworld Essay

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Imagine being stuck underground for eternity just because your brother cheated on a simple drawing. This exact situation happened to Pluto, god of the Underworld. Pluto became god of the Underworld after his brother’s, Jupiter and Neptune, became the rulers of the sky and sea. Pluto wasn’t a very social god, so he spent most of his time in the Underworld. He also wasn’t a celebrated god like his two brothers, but he was known as the most accepting god because he allowed everyone to enter the Underworld. Because the Underworld was where mortals spent the eternity of their afterlife, Pluto was the second most important god out of all his siblings, following Jupiter.
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The fields of Elysium were considered to be Heaven in Greek mythology. Only the people blessed by the gods were allowed to enter them. The second level was the Asphodel Fields. This was where most of the population was sent. Souls that were sent here were not good people during their life, but they were not evil either. The final level, Tartarus, was the worst of the three levels. Criminals and other evil souls were sent here to spend eternity while being continuously punished. The punishments were decided by Pluto and were usually very cruel. Mortals called Pluto “The Great Torturer” for this reason. Pluto designated a section of the Underworld to Proserpina called the Grove of Proserpina, which was thought to be in the fields of Elysium (The Underworld). Even after marrying a rich god and having a section of his realm dedicated to her, Proserpina was still unhappy.
Pluto was a very greedy god. He never had enough souls in the Underworld and praised people who brought him more. Pluto wasn’t only god of the Underworld though. He was also the god of Wealth. Pluto was named this because all of the Earth’s rich minerals and valuable jewels were found in the ground. This also seemed to not be enough for Pluto, since he required that Charon charge people to take them across the Styx River. Pluto would then take the gold coins for himself and store them in his palace (Astma).
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