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This piece of Greek pottery from the 6th century BCE depicts Persephone overseeing the punishment of Sisyphus in the underworld

Underworld is a region in some religions and mythologies which is thought to be under the surface of the earth.[1] It could be a place where the souls of the recently departed go, and, in some traditions, it is identified with Hell. In other traditions, however, such as animistic traditions, it could be seen as the place where life appears to have originated from (such as plant life and water) and a place to which life must return at life's end, with no negative undertones.

See also

  • Greek underworld
  • Hades
  • Hell—A place of suffering and punishment in the afterlife in many religious traditions.
  • World tree—A tree that connects the heavens, the earth, and the underworld in a number of spiritual belief systems.


  1. "Underworld". The free dictionary. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
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