My theme for this year's A- Z Blogfest is DEATH (who I hope is like DEATH in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series): "...tall, thin (skeletal, as a matter of fact), and ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Generally shows up when you're dead, or just when he thinks you ought to be." Today we have I for Irkalla.
In Mesopotamian mythology, Irkalla is the
underworld which is ruled by the goddess Ereshkigal and her consort, the death god, Nergal. Irkalla had no punishment or reward, being seen as a more dreary version
of life above, with Erishkigal being seen as both warden and guardian
of the dead rather than a sinister ruler like Satan or death gods of
So. That wouldn't be too awful. Right? Then again, imagine an eternity in some dreary place you could never leave.
Excerpt from Mort, by Terry Pratchett, in which DEATH takes on an apprentice...
Mort was impressed. King Olerve had held on to his throne for many years and, even when dead, knew how to behave.
"Oh," he said, "I see. I didn't expect to see you so soon."