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The concept of Death has existed in many societies since the beginning of recorded history. In English, from the 15th century onwards, Death came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood, while the title of "the Grim Reaper" is first attested from 1847. In Jewish tradition, Death was referred to as the Angel of Death (Malach HaMavet) or the Angel of Dark and Lightstemming from the Bible and Talmudic lore. The Bible itself does refer to the "Angel of Death" when he reaps Egypt's firstborns, but he is not connected to Satan.
In some cases, the Grim Reaper can actually cause the victim's death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one's life, such as in the case of Sisyphus. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving to sever the last ties between the soul and the body and to guide the deceased to the next world without having any control over the fact of the victim's death. In many languages (including English), Death is personified in male form, while in others, it is perceived as a female character (for instance, in Slavic and Romance languages).
Another character for my Legend of Eartheus and Myths and Legends set. I hope you guys like it.
|A collection of some of my favorite quotes to motivate me everyday to reach my goals.|
"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
- Eric Hoffer
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
- T.S. Eliot
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."
- W.C. Henley
"All men are created equal, some work harder in pre-season."
- Emitt Smith
“If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
- Tony A. Gaskins Jr.
“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.”
- Earl Nightingale