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Elysian fields

(ĭlĭzh`ən) or

Elysium

(ĭlĭzh`ēəm), in Greek religion and mythology, happy otherworld for heroes favored by the gods. Identified with the Fortunate IslesFortunate Isles
or Isles of the Blest,
in classical and Celtic legend, islands in the Western Ocean. There the souls of favored mortals were received by the gods and lived happily in a paradise.
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 or Isles of the Blest, Elysium was situated in the distant west, at the edge of the world. In later tradition and in Vergil, Elysium is a part of the underworld and a pleasant abode for the righteous dead.
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Elysian Fields

home of the blessed after death. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 88]
See: Heaven
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