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Hades (Pluto)

Why is hades important?


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June 07, 2010 5:29PM

As king of the Underworld and ruler of the ghosts of the dead, he was also a god of funeral rites and mourning. Those who had not received proper burial rites were refused entry to the Underworld.

Hades also was invoked and propitiated in the magic of Nekromankia, the summoning forth of the ghosts of the dead. Hades and Persephone presided over the oracles of the dead (nekromanteia) and the rites of necromancy (nekromankia), the summoning of the ghosts of the dead.

Hades was the god of potent curses which invoked the Furies. The god was sometimes described as despatching an angry ghost from the underworld, accompanied by a Fury, to avenge a crime, especially patricide and matricide.

Hades was regarded as the master of dreams, especially those believed to have been sent forth by the ghosts of the dead. The two-doored gate of the dreams (false and true) was said to lie in Hades' realm.

He was also god of the material wealth of the earth and as he released Persephone every year to the world above causing plants to grow, he was sometimes considered a god of fertility.