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Season 1 Episode 58

Hell: The Devil's Domain

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Aired Unknown Dec 29, 2006 on The History Channel
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Hell: The Devil's Domain
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The history of Hell begins with the story of a negative near-death experience, in which a man thinks he went to Hell after being declared clinically dead and before resuscitation. Following Lucifer's trail from cave paintings in France circa 6,000 BC to current portrayals in popular culture, this 2-hour exploration shows how Hell and the Devil remain powerful forces--at a church in Texas, where souls are delivered from Satan's grip; in talks with a survivor of the 1980s recovered memory craze, who "recalled" attending Witches' Sabbaths that practiced cannibalism; and at the modern Church of Satan. Review literary landmarks that expanded our ideas of the underworld, from Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost to Mark Twain's anti-hero, and trace development of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist conceptions of the afterlife.moreless

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