The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

March 5th, 2013 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. Anubis was the god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology. He had the head of what kind of animal?
  2. What is the name of the Aztec goddess who presided over the underworld, whose rituals eventually were folded into the modern Day of the Dead?
    A) Coatlicue
    B) Huitzilopochtli
    C) Mictecacihuatl
    D) Quetzalcoatl
    E) Xipe Totec
  3. This ancient Roman name for restless or malignant ghosts was borrowed by Linnaeus to describe a type of nocturnal primate.
  4. The Mesopotamian goddess of the underworld Ereshkigal was eventually overthrown by this god of pestilence, who then made her his wife:
    A) Anu
    B) Enkimdu
    C) Ninurta
    D) Uttu
    E) Nergal
  5. In Greek mythology, what is the name of the three-headed dog who guards the gates of the Underworld?
  6. This Finnish god lived comfortably in the Land of the Dead, along with his wife and children.
    A) Väinämöinen
    B) Louhi
    C) Ukko
    D) Tuoni
    E) Lemminkäinen
  7. In Norse mythology, the warriors who died in battle went to Valhalla and anyone who died unheroically went here (which is also the name of the goddess who presides there).
  8. Baron Samedi, the Haitian Voodoo loa of the dead, is married to whom?
    A) Maman Brigitte
    B) Erzulie Freda
    C) Mademoiselle Charlotte
    D) Anaisa Pye
    E) Mami Wata
  9. The gang of professional assassins known as the Thuggee were devoted to what Hindu goddess?
  10. In Dante’s Inferno, inhabitants of the Sixth Circle are punished by being trapped in flaming tombs. What is their crime?
    A) Anger
    B) Heresy
    C) Lust
    D) Gluttony
    E) Treachery

(Answers below the fold)

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