- a person who conducts spirits or souls to the other world, as Hermes or Charon.
Origin of psychopomp
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Hermes himself, the Psychopomp, shall lead, and Malahide shall welcome us.Day and Night Stories
The rle of general conductor of souls to the realms of the underworld, however, came to be given to Hermes, the psychopomp.Elements of Folk Psychology
As the souls of the departed are symbolized as rats, so is the psychopomp himself often figured as a dog.Myths and Myth-Makers
1835, from Greek psykhopompos "spirit-guide," a term applied to Charon, Hermes Trismegistos, Apollo; from psykhe (see psyche) + pompos "guide, conductor."