A river in Hades whose waters caused forgetfulness. It was on the banks of another Underworld river called the Styx that the shades, or ghostly remains, of the dead congregated to seek passage to the Afterlife.
Unless they bribed Charon to ferry them across the stream, they wandered aimlessly on the near bank forever. But those who made it across the Styx did not have much more to anticipate.
Once they had drunk from the waters of Lethe, they were left with nothing to reminisce about for eternity.
from the Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Lethe
interesting, isn’t it, that one of the ancient myths is a great forgetfulness associated with death — that few make it past some barrier that causes a restless forgetting.
human beings can’t cope with the idea of null, of nothingness.
that is why it took us many thousands of years, once we had discovered numbers, to develop the number zero.
in a book i am reading the curseword of the very distant future is “lethe”, not “god”.
makes sense to me.
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