Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife

An engrossing post about Breton psychopomps from ztevetevans, author of the blog “Under the Influence!” Check out zteve’s blog for more folklore and myths from around the world.

Under the influence!

Breton Folklore

Breton myths and folktales are often a dark blend of Celtic, pagan and Christian influences that result in magic and wonder mixed with the morbid and macabre. There are many tales, myths and legends concerning everyday and important issues such as love and death.

For all of us, death is the great unknown and people all around the world throughout history have invented many different ways of thinking about the subject. One of the most universal ways of representing death was through the use of personifications. In simple terms this the giving of human characteristics or form to abstract ideas, inanimate objects or something that is not human.

Death itself can be personified in many other ways such as the personification known as the Grim Reaper, but there are many other representations, some as dark, others lighter.


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Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife