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In various systems of religious belief, a being, such as a god or a person acting as a shaman, who guides the spirits of the dead to the afterlife or the otherworld.

[Greek psūkhopompos : psūkhē, soul; see bhes- in Indo-European roots + pompos, guide (from pempein, to send, escort).]


(Poetry) poetry a mythical figure who guides souls to the place of the dead
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Noun1.psychopomp - a conductor of souls to the afterworld; "Hermes was their psychopomp"
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
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His equivalent Ancient Egyptian God Thoth, the god of writing, the scribe; Hermes Trismegistus and his lore the corpus hermeticum, Hermes the guide of souls to the netherworld psychopompos and the conductor of dreams.
It is useful to note that the rooster who announces the break of day is an attribute of Mercury, the god of the persuasive arts, who comes to Aeneas to remind him of his fate and duty, but also the god who, as Hermes Psychopompos, guides souls out of the darkness and into the light.
Sacrifices were made to Hermes psychopompos (conductor of souls into the underworld) and bad spirits were willed away: "Go, you Keres, the Anthesteria is ended".