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In a jaded and over-exposed world, hell is t he last resort. In the first modern update to Dante''s pionee ring guide, the authors look at how to get to hell (covering the seven deadly sins), who''s cooking, and how to have a fi endish time there. '
Excerpt: Who’s Who in Hell
‘Demon’ is a Greek word, daimon, and in the Classical world it could be used for any sort of spirit—Socrates, notably, had one who sat on his shoulder offering him advice. Fiendish connotations only came with Greek bibles, which used daimon for Old Testament bogies and foreign gods frowned upon by the prophets of Israel, as well as the demons promised in the Gospels. They’re all evil, said Paul and Jerome and Augustine, to Hell with them. And to Hell they dutifully went.
Lacking regular censuses, the demon population of Hell can only be estimated. After careful calculations (based on estimates that either one half or one third of Heaven’s angels fell with Lucifer), philosopher Michael Scot put the exact number at 14,198,580, while Alphonsus of Spina of Spain, a nation of natural pessimists in spiritual matters, figured the total to be 133,306,668. ...click here to read the rest
a great guide to a hot destination, /5
I've always loved Facaros and Pauls' travel guides to Europe, and now they've given hell the same treatment. Funny, tongue in cheek, yet full of fiendishly good scholarship to boot, it's a great someone who has everything. I loved the bits about Chinese hell and the big chicken that punishes people who are cruel to animals, as well as the updated version of Dante's Inferno by a southern minister whose car fell on his head.
Not what I was looking for., /5
I was looking for popular culture takes on the seven deadly sins and Dante's "Inferno".
This book was a superficial glitzy product that appeared thrown together.
It did not have much to offer as either pop culture entertainment or as an illustration of (the consequences of a lack of) morality.
Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org