Escape from the Land of the Dead: Nart Sagas, Divine Comedy, and the Journey Through the Afterlife

In: Iran and the Caucasus
Paolo OgnibeneUniversity of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

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Journeys in the afterlife are present within the literatures of many peoples, including the Ossetians. In the Tales of the Narts, the hero Soslan enters the Land of the Dead by force, and equally by force he manages to get out of it, and so he tells us what he has seen. This tale has many elements in common with and others profoundly different from Dante’s Comedy and Ardā Vīrāz nāmag.

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