Cerberus, The Dog of Hades

Cerberus, The Dog of Hades
The History of an Idea

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Cerberus, The Dog of Hades by Maurice Bloomfield

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1905

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The History of an Idea

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mpoi] to heaven: "To thy two four-eyed, road-guarding, man-beholding watch-dogs entrust him, O King Yama, and bestow on him prosperity and health."

THE TWO DOGS IN HEAVEN.

With the change of the abode of the dead from inferno to heaven the two Cerberi are eo ipso also evicted. That follows of itself, even if we had not explicit testimony. A legend of the Br[=a]hmana-texts, the Hindu equivalent of the Talmud, tells repeatedly that there are two dogs in heaven, and that these two dogs are Yama's dogs. I shall present two versions of the story, a kind of [Greek: Gigantomachia] in order to establish the equation between the terms "two dogs of Yama," and "two heavenly dogs."

"There were Asuras (demons) named K[=a]lak[=a]njas. They piled up a fire altar in order to obtain the world of heaven. Man by man they placed a brick upon it. The god Indra, passing himself off for a Brahmin, put on a brick for himself. They climbed up to heaven. Indra pulled out his brick; they tumbled d