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Guide of Souls

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Many religious belief systems have a particular spirit, angel, or deity whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife.
These creatures are called psychopomps, from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός (psychopompos), literally meaning the "guide of souls".
Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply provide safe passage. Frequently depicted on funerary art, psychopomps have been associated at different times and in diferent cultures with horses, whippoorwills, ravens, dogs, crows, owls, sparrows, harts, and dolphins.
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SolarLugiaStudent Traditional Artist
So cute! And a nice message
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unicornomics General Artist
I'd certainly prefer this little guy to a skeleton in a cloak any day of the week.
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DarkestSoul13Hobbyist General Artist
What an adorable sparrow! Great picture! :)
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AutisticWerewolfHobbyist Artist
I picked a good animal, for my comic.
xXIHeartMaiFeetsXx's avatar
Hmm... I'd prefer a sparrow ^^ they're so nice.
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Awww such a cute sparrow!
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megpie252Student General Artist
beautiful picture.
oh, and weren't the psychopomps in ancient egyptian mythology cats? i could be wrong
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sparrow and hart are my preferred psychopomp. =D
diav's avatar
It's so cute! ^__^
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poshepocketHobbyist Traditional Artist
This one has a better reflection than the other one.
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Fantastic! ;)
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CaptainPhantomHobbyist General Artist
I love how they look so plump :D

Its so cute when you catch them taking a dust bath! *W*
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In-the-pictureHobbyist Photographer
Great that`s a gorgeous shot :aww: adds to my :+fav: :highfive:
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I love this photo! It's such a nice little bird.
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speechless....

so cute n so beautiful :heart:
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YslenHobbyist Photographer
fabulous shot, you must have been pretty close and yet he seems completely relaxed!
pyro-0's avatar
ah so thats where that movie with the person turning into a sparrow came from lol.
I love sparrows, they're soo cute, and really sweet picture you took.
I'm practically fav'ing your whole gallery, your pictures are so beautifully taken and just really nice to look at XD
you capture some really great moments for wildlife.
SirZebra's avatar
There's a song about that. Preistbird by Taranchula A.D.

Spelling mistakes I'm not going to correct abound! WHAAAA!
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ArtByKassieProfessional General Artist
Beautiful photo :clap:
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*petpetpet*
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its so cute :D
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rolandlazarHobbyist Photographer
good shot:]
CJStreva's avatar
Wonderful shot....! Thanks for the knowledgeable info too! :+fav:
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That is a very cute psychopomp. :) No one would ever be scared of it.
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