In Greek mythology the Elysian Fields, also known as Elysium or the Isles of the Blessed, were the dwelling place after death of virtuous mortals or those given immortality by divine favor. The poets Homer, Hesiod, and Pindar variously describe this happy land as being on the banks of the river Oceanus at the edge of the Earth.
In Latin mythology, Elysium was part of the underworld where the virtuous among the dead were rewarded. For some this realm was only a temporary layover; after drinking from the river Lethe these souls would return to the earthly-world with no memory of Elysium. In Virgil's Aeneid, Elysium was part of Hades.
In Celtic legend, Elysium was associated with the Fortunate Isles and was sometimes identified with the Canaries and Madeira Islands.
In Egyptian traditions, to supplement the after-life offerings of mourners, additional food for the dead was believed grown in the fields of Aalu (Aaru). This myth is echoed later by the Greek Elysium.
The Elysian Fields can be closely compared to a contemporary concept of Heaven, where souls of the dead live in peaceful bliss with others of their spiritual status.
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