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Term: psychopomp

DEFINITIONS

Psychopomp: A non-physical entity that would guide the soul of a newly deceased person to his or her place in the afterlife. Depending upon the religion or tradition, it might be an angel, a spirit, a deity, and it might manifest as an animal. Metaphorically, a psychopomp is any sort of guide that leads you from one level of existence, or mindset, to another. For example, in Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a type of mediator between the conscious and unconscious mind.


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The Spirit Animal One’s personal animal guide is called the spirit animal or medicine animal. In shamanism, the spirit animal is the psychopomp: the escort of souls to the spirit world. It is the embodiment of the collective animal ...
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