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In Greek Mythology, is it mentioned where animals would go after death?
I know mortals go to the underworld, but do animals do too?
- 1 month ago
Straight to the kitchens to be cooked generally. There was no refrigeration back then, so you had to eat your meat before it went stinky and bad.
- Anonymous2 months ago
They did not have pets like we have pets, so most of their animals would be eaten, being it is sheep, goats, pigeons, ducks, fish,. There is no mention of them as they were not as important as man.
- ElaineLv 72 months ago
The gods placed some animals in the sky as a memorial. The most well known is Orion accompanied by his hunting dogs: Canis Major and Canis Minor. Other than their placement in the sky the Greek myths don't tell us much about an afterlife for animals
- IvanLv 62 months ago
They usually go into the cooking pot.
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- JustinLv 72 months ago
As I recall, only animals that became one with the human soul through acts of shared bravery or loyalty continued into the afterlife. They could also do this for 'evil' reasons by acting as surrogates for 'gods' and their mischief, punished with the wicked in Hades or transformed into monsters. Generally though, non-human animals just return to their own kind and pass along their experiences in spirit form, adding to the knowledge and skills of the species. I recall no separate 'animal afterlife' location or mythology.