Meaning of psychopomp in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌɪkə(ʊ)pɒmp/


(also psychopompos)
  • 1(in Greek mythology) a guide of souls to the place of the dead.

    ‘Beelzebub was originally called Baal-Zebul, meaning ‘Baal, the Lord’ a widely worshipped Philistine God-King, who was said to be a psychopompos, a guardian of souls (again).’
    • ‘There is some folklore in England & Scotland which suggests that the owl was thought of as a harbinger of death and a psychopomp.’
    1. 1.1The spiritual guide of a living person's soul.
      as modifier ‘a psychopomp figure who stays by her and walks in her dreams’
      • ‘Most practitioners will be used to psychopomp work, and will be able to locate the spirit and guide it on to wherever it's supposed to be.’
      • ‘Purification is one of the shaman's tasks, along with healing, psychopomp work, and communicating with nature spirits.’


From Greek psukhopompos, from psukhē ‘soul’ + pompos ‘conductor’.