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  1. psychopompnoun

    a conductor of souls to the afterworld

    "Hermes was their psychopomp"

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  1. psychopompnoun

    One who assists the souls of the dead to the afterlife.

    Etymology: From ψυχοπομπός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Psychopompnoun

    a leader or guide of souls

    Etymology: [Gr. ; psychh` the soul + to send: cf. F. psychopompe.]

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  1. Psychopomp

    Psychopomps are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply provide safe passage. Frequently depicted on funerary art, psychopomps have been associated at different times and in different cultures with horses, Whip-poor-wills, ravens, dogs, crows, owls, sparrows, cuckoos, and harts. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms. It is symbolically personified in dreams as a wise man or woman, or sometimes as a helpful animal. In many cultures, the shaman also fulfills the role of the psychopomp. This may include not only accompanying the soul of the dead, but also vice versa: to help at birth, to introduce the newborn child's soul to the world. This also accounts for the contemporary title of "midwife to the dying", or "End of Life Doula" which is another form of psychopomp work.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of psychopomp in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of psychopomp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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