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The Last Judgement, Hell
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Hell is a location referred to in various Castlevania titles, as well as in the animated adaptation. It is where Satan resides and where he indisputably rules over his army of minions, whose lines are mainly conformed by a wide assortment of demons and monsters from different eras and dimensional planes. In most religions, Hell (or an equivalent location) is generally considered to be the opposite of Heaven, a place situated in another dimension or deep below Earth's surface (usually at its center) where evil souls are sent to be tortured for all eternity.

In the games, places such as the Chaotic Realm or The Abyss could be considered as representations of Hell; hellscapes and abodes for demons which usually contain multiple levels.

In religion and folklore

Hell is an afterlife location in which evil souls are subjected to punitive suffering, often torture as eternal punishment after death. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations, the biggest examples of which are Christianity and Islam, whereas religions with reincarnation usually depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations, as is the case in the dharmic religions. Religions typically locate Hell in another dimension or under Earth's surface. Other afterlife destinations include Heaven, Paradise, Purgatory, Limbo, and the underworld.

Other religions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe an abode of the dead, the grave, a neutral place that is located under the surface of Earth. Such places are sometimes equated with the English word 'hell', although a more correct translation would be 'underworld' or 'world of the dead'. The ancient Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Finnic religions include entrances to the underworld from the land of the living.

Despite written accounts and depictions of Hell throughout much of human history, and common belief in such a location, there is no scientific evidence that Hell exists.

Hell appears in several mythologies and religions. It is commonly inhabited by demons and the souls of dead people. Hell is often depicted in art and literature, perhaps most famously in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

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Trivia

  • Certain places of Hell in the animated series are very similar to specific locations depicted in the Divine Comedy, notably a ravine overhanging a blood river crossing a forest of corpses (reminiscent of the Seventh Circle) and an ice river where bodies of damned are imprisoned there (reminiscent of the Ninth Circle).

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