1P100W #78 – Dante’s Inferno

You may be wondering what I am doing back home this weekend. Well… I’m just beginning to read a book called Inferno.

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Map of Dante’s Inferno by Botticelli

It is part of a poem trilogy called Divine Comedy: Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), Paradiso (Paradise), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and 1320.

I have only read Canto I of Inferno, and already I am feeling brain-fked. Extremely brain-fked. I guess that makes sense. The Divine Comedy scared the shit out of the Catholics with its terrifying and clear depiction of hell and allegedly caused a three times increase in church attendance back then.

I’m alsoย glad that I’m not a Christian. ๐Ÿ™„

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    • Yala, but this Dante is Catholic, so he believe in Catholic version of hell. I’m not reading this on a theological perspective, it was just an interesting literature piece to me. To me, Dante’s 9 level of hell is as real as Narnia or Hogwarts. ๐Ÿ™„

  1. I’ve not heard about nor read these books. I think they’re just out to scare the shit out of the (good) Catholics to become even better and the (not-so-good) ones to be better…kekeke! ;D After all, it’s pure fiction…until one gets there!! O_o Anyway, I’d rather dwell on the positives…like what heaven looks like…hehe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hahaha you got that right. When that trilogy of books were released back then, it (allegedly) increased church attendance three folds. Got folks cowering in terror and rushed to repent for their sins, so to speak. ๐Ÿ™„

  2. This is an eye opener. I didn’t realise there are nine levels of hell. ?

    I’m not afflicted to any faith. It’s a good job that I am very busy with stuff and I do not have the time to dwell on the subject.

    • Well it is nine levels according to Dante. I wonder if it is also nine levels according to the Bible ๐Ÿ™„ ..

    • I’m not sure if I will write a review of it. It seems much too religious (as in, Christian) to me… ๐Ÿ™„

    • Yeah, it does talk about hell and the corresponding punishment for the different sins. But then, it was written as a literature piece and not religious piece. I am surprised it became sort of a mandatory literature for the Catholics. ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Just curious, what inspired you to read this Inferno?

    Which edition are you reading? Online version from the Project Gutenberg?

    • I was actually going to read Dan Brown’s novel (titled Inferno also), but that novel reference Dante’s Inferno a lot, so I thought maybe I should read the original version first.

      I downloaded the e-book version from Google Play Store. Not sure what version is that.

  4. Well, I’m surprised that you found yourself reading Inferno. It’s not an easy book to read because the illustrations of the 9 levels of hell is scary. I’m a Catholic and had to read this (as well as Purgatory and Paradise) in high school. While Inferno didn’t scare me back into attending weekly Mass, I’m glad that I was forced to read the Divine Comedy Series because it gave me an idea on how the divine judgment worked.

    I have the book with me – and still read it from time to time as it’s my favorite, lol. Virgil was Dante’s tour guide as they went up and down the levels, right? The 9th level is the residence of those who committed mortal sins – such as murder and the graver crimes, if I remember correctly?

    • What? Divine Comedy is a mandatory reading item for Catholics? I thought you guys only do the Bible. This one is supposed to be a poem classic rather than religious classic. ๐Ÿ˜

      I’m only on Canto I, he’s just going in with Virgil. But yeah, I did read the synopsis in Wikipedia beforehand. It is like what you said.

      • Divine Comedy was never a compulsory reading item for us. It’s just that I was forced to read it in English Literature during high school (which, so happened, is a Catholic high school), lol. I don’t know that many Catholics who are familiar with this literary piece either .

        The interesting parts are somewhat towards the end of the poem. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • I don’t want to scare you, but I feel that I should warn you ahead of time. I mean, you won’t get nightmares (or at least I didn’t after reading it the first time), but you’ll get the shivers at the base of your spine – because the way Dante describes his experience is too real.

            • I was putting off reading more of it until I get back to Penang (which means I’m supposed to start tonight). But now I’m not so sure if I want to. Yikesss…. ๐Ÿ˜

              • You’ll be fine. If you feel shivers at the base of your spine, try watching comedy movies after that?

                Which reminds me, since I’m nose-deep in my academic matters, I should probably start reading Inferno again. =)

  5. Happy reading. I’ve always wanted to give this literature a read. Maybe I will at some point. Hope if doesn’t leave you with nightmares. It leaves you brain-fked? Well, life is a mind-fck a lot of the time… ๐Ÿ™„

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