Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, demands a lot of
The Underworld is a freaky place, especially for the Ancient Greeks. And it’s no wonder – just look at all the crazy gods and goddesses that live in the Underworld:
Hades is the big kahuna in the Underworld. He’s one of the big three Greek Gods that rule the universe, splitting power with his brothers Zeus and Poseidon.
He’s also the most frustrated Disney villain ever drawn.
Persephone is the Queen of the Underworld (although the way she and Hades met was less The Notebook and more The Silence of the Lambs). In Greek myth, she holds about as much power as her husband, and her comings and goings from the Underworld (once per year, for about 6 months) are what cause the seasons (thanks to her unhappy mother, Demeter).
Long associated in more modern times with witches, Hecate has a large number of roles, including: crossroads, entrances, light, the Moon, necromancy, dogs, and knowledge of medicinal/poisonous plants.
Named Alecto, Megaera and Tisiphone, the Furies avenged crimes against the natural order, especially the killing of family members. They were feared greatly by the living, since they embodied the vengeance of the dead, and could cause madness in a murderer and starvation and disease to a nation.
Charon, the Ferryman, is depicted as a fearsome and imposing figure. To the Greeks, he was an ugly, bearded man in a conical hat or more of an angelic figure. To the Etruscans (the people who dominated Italy before the Romans), Charon was an animal-eared, tusked, hook-nosed, bearded, hammer-swinging behemoth. The dead would be buried with coins over their eye or under their tongue so that they would have the cash to pay the Ferryman for the crossing the Styx.
The Gate to the Underworld is a busy place. Outside live many deities, including Disease, Old Age, Fear, Death, Sleep, Agony, War, the Chimera, the Harpies, and finally, Cerberus. These, along with several other deities and hundreds of other beasts (including gorgons, centaurs, and the freaking hydra), make the Gate to the Underworld.