|Posted on September 20, 2019 at 8:05 PM|
Hades. In ancient Greek mythology, he is the god of the dead and the king of the underworld. Now I could give you a rundown of who he was and who he's connected to in Greek mythology but that's not what this piece is about. I want to give you the gruesome side of Hades, the reason he is the god of the dead and king of the underworld. So let's skip the history textbook descriptions and eighth-grade project portrayals and get to the good stuff, shall we?
History's depiction of Hades is actually sad for horror fans and those who consider death as evil because Hades wasn't depicted as evil but was well-mannered and reserved. However, it's popular culture and Hollywood's idea of Hades that make him far more sinister than the Greeks ever did. The only reason the Greeks feared Hades was because he is the keeper of death so naturally the Greeks saw him as evil and feared death so they feared him. Popular culture portrays Hades as a cold ruthless demeaning bastard who breathes fire and brimstone and burns people alive till they join him in the afterlife. He's considered pure evil and a villain due to his association with death. So in a way, we took the Greek's fear of him and took it steps further and turned him into a more fearful foe.
So how did Hades become such a villain and why did we as a society do it? Well, the how is simple, all it takes is one person to have written or shown him as such and from then on it took off like wildfire. As for the why well again Hades represents death so naturally like the Greeks we see death as evil, as something we don't look forward to so it's only fitting that we add more to an already gloomy figure to make him eviler. Popular culture has turned him into a dark being that people not only fear but will bring harm to them, almost as if he were the devil himself. However, in Egyptian myth their God of the underworld was Anubis also the preparer of the dead but there's no real horror or villainous spin to Anubis yet there is with Hades, this is a better question to ask why too. We tend to enjoy Greek mythology so it's again only fitting that we made Hades bad and Hercules good and the man that takes him down.
To elaborate a bit further about popular culture turning Hades into a fearsome being of death I once wrote two poems about Hades in my horror poetry books, The Macabre Masterpiece, and The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage. The first poem tells of Hade's warning people about how he's not mentally stable and if they defy him they will face the consequences. The second poem is Hades explaining how he has embarrassed, tortured and killed people after they ignored his warning from the first poem. The two poems are a clear example of our depiction of Hades as an evil figure however these two poems go a bit beyond that and make Hades sounds like a soulless psychopathic killer. As you take a closer look at Hades you realize the truth. Hades wasn't evil, we are for making him evil and if that is true then what does that say about us?