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(from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός (psychopompos), literally meaning the "guide of souls")
are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions
whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife.
Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply provide safe passage.
Frequently depicted on funerary art,
psychopomps have been associated at different times and in different cultures with:
horses, whip-poor-wills, ravens, dogs, crows, owls, sparrows, cuckoos, harts and yamatoots.