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psychopomp

[sahy-koh-pomp] /ˈsaɪ koʊˌpɒmp/
noun
1.
a person who conducts spirits or souls to the other world, as Hermes or Charon.
Origin of psychopomp
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek psȳchopompós conductor of souls. See psycho-, pomp
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  • Hermes himself, the psychopomp, shall lead, and Malahide shall welcome us.

    Day and Night Stories Algernon Blackwood
  • The rle of general conductor of souls to the realms of the underworld, however, came to be given to Hermes, the psychopomp.

  • As the souls of the departed are symbolized as rats, so is the psychopomp himself often figured as a dog.

Word Origin and History for psychopomp
n.

1835, from Greek psykhopompos "spirit-guide," a term applied to Charon, Hermes Trismegistos, Apollo; from psykhe (see psyche) + pompos "guide, conductor."

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