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    Purgatory

    Discussion in 'Research' started by julian95, Jul 15, 2011.

    Ok, so I am currently in the planning process of a novel having the Purgatory as its setting. Only there is one problem: my knowledge of it isn't really much. I learned some of it when I was in a Catholic school and that was so long ago. A good 8 years to be honest. I still remember those teachings though but considering the fact that I learned it when I was 9 years old...

    Help? Some links? Thank you!

    Edit: I've already read Dante
     
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    Google 'hell' and purgatory. Go read Dante's Inferno. Read the Bible. Hell varies from culture to culture and even different branches of Christianity. The Bible describes it as a lake of fire, a place of eternal suffering, and even a land where demons and Satan/Lucifer dwell.

    You could even try looking up lists of demons. Supposedly there are barons and kings in hell that have legions of demons at their command.
     
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    If this is the catholic stand-point it does not exist.

    But it is not a very functional place, full of constant remorse and praying.
     
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    I've read Dante. A marvelous read. I am trying to find Purgatory, the place between Heaven and hell, between life and true death. So, I do not think that hell fits in that category. Yes, it is because of its multiple variations that I need help :p. Google can only take you so far, haha.

    I know it does not exist. That's why it is my job to make it a relistic :D. Meanwhile, I will have to do some researching...
     
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    Read Dante´s "Purgatorio". Althrough it´s subjectively written, it might be useful.
    On the other hand, setting of that kind largely depends on your own interpretation.
     
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    Dante is not "church cannon" so if you want a creative yet accurate idea it may not be be the best source of realism but it would give creative inspiration.
     
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    Considering Purgatory has never been considered a physical place, by church doctrine, but more of a spiritual waiting room if you will I'd consider venturing outside of things that are considered cannon and think more along the lines of fictional representations.

    Books: Dante's Purgatorio has already been mentioned, so i'll move on. Chaucer's The House of Fame, a lot of things by Mitch Albom deal with the afterlife (I saw a play called And the Winner is..., which has a sort of train station afterlife which is somewhat like purgatory).

    A few things as far as film go: Wristcutters: A love Story (short independent film with purgatory as a setting), What Dreams May Come (think Dante with Robin Williams in the star role with a more modern set up), Defending Your Life (Rom/Com with Meryl streep takes place in the afterlife), Between Two Worlds (old film from 1944, good representation of an afterlife in between heaven and hell).

    Alright, if i think of anything else I'll add it, but this is all i can think of right now.
     

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