The land of the dead and the sirens

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  • Odysseus follows the instructions of Circe and travels to the River of Ocean in the land of Cimmerians. There he performs a ritual which brings him to the Land of The Dead. 
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  • There, Odysseus is greeted by Elpenor, a former shipmate of Odysseus who broke his neck falling from Circe's roof. While speaking, Elpenor asks Odysseus to return to the island of Circe and give his body a proper burial.
  • He is then greeted by his mother Anticleia, who he did not know had passed away. As this is a shock to him, Odysseus asks how Ithica is and how his mother had died. He learns Ithica is doing okay, but they were all mourning his "death." His mother was hurt the most and decided to drown herself in the ocean to once again be with her son. 
  • After leaving Circe, she makes a deal with Odysseus saying if he follows the path she chooses, she will reveal his future. He agrees, and follows the rules. 
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  • Odysseus and his men must travel past the sirens, a group of  creatures who voices are seductive to lure in men, and trap them on their islands. Circe gave Odysseus instructions to have his men block their ears and to tie Odysseus up if he wished to listen. Even if he wishes and begs to become untied, they must keep him trapped on the ship.
  • After passing the sirens, the group must travel past Charybdis, a giant whirlpool capable of hurting and killing the men. Odysseus stays on his mark and passes Charybdis heading to Scylla's island. Scylla is a six headed beast, who does not like the company and takes the lives of six of Odysseus' men. 
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