A Month of Devotional Thought — Haides, Day 6

Today’s topic is similar to yesterday, except that it discusses all of the other Deities, Spirits, and Entities that Haides has relationships with. This is literally every other Deity, Nymph, and Daemon in the Hellenic pantheon as well as Deities such as the Roman Pluto, and Egyptian Osiris (along with similar other Lords and Ladies of the Underworld.

Three of them, however, are of interest to me as I will eventually be facing them. These are the Judges of the Dead. They are named: Aiakos (Aeacus) — who has sometimes also been described as the doorman of Haides — Minos (yes, THAT Minos) and Minos’ brother Rhadamanthys. All three of them are demi-god sons of Zeus. There is also a special judge that I will not be facing, for reasons I will be discussing later.

Aiakos was the son of Zeus and the nymph Aegina. His name seems to be similar in derivation to the Greek words aiaktos and aiazô, “wailing” and “lamentation.” He is supposed to be the Judge especially for those of European descent. Along with that, he is also in the literature the one of the three who is described as holding Haides’ golden keys. In ancient times, this would have been a position of considerable responsibility and showed how high in rank the Judges of the Dead were in Haides’ retinue.

Minos and Rhadamanthys were the sons of Zeus and Europa. Rhadamanthys was the Lord of Elysium because of his reputation for fair judgement and also tasked with judging the men of Asia.

Minos, king of Crete, was the tie-breaking vote unless the spirit before the Judges was an initiate of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In that case, Triptolemos was the Judge that presided over their deeds.

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