Definition of psychopomp in English:


(also psychopompos)


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

    • ‘There is some folklore in England & Scotland which suggests that the owl was thought of as a harbinger of death and a psychopomp.’
    • ‘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).’
    1. 1.1 The spiritual guide of a living person's soul.
      as modifier ‘a psychopomp figure who stays by her and walks in her dreams’
      • ‘Purification is one of the shaman's tasks, along with healing, psychopomp work, and communicating with nature spirits.’
      • ‘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.’


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