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Long ago I once read an X-Men comic (Uncanny X-Men Annual #4) I wasn't much of a super hero comics kind of person, but I read a few and because of this particular story and much later the awesome cartoon series has made the X-Men my favorite among the super heroes however limited my knowledge of them are.
Now what is my point here.

In that story Margali of the Winding Way appears to kill Kurt/nightcrawler and he and the X-men gets transported to a recreation of Dante's inferno the one with the nine circles. The X-men are there to try to rescue Kurt from Margali. Margali thinks Kurt killed her son.

The X-Men have no idea how they got in Margali's private hell and neither does she. After lots of twists and reveals things work out and everybody is more or less happy except Stefan who is the son that got killed.

This story fired up my imagination and got me interested in Dante's Divine comedy, but being of a certain age and therefore having a limited attention span I didn't get far into it luckily by accident a while later my eye fell on Larry Niven/ Jerry Pournelle Sci Fi novel Inferno (it's set in Dante's inferno). at 273 pages I raced through it like being chased by sentient muscle cars. There were some very graphic and imaginetive descriptions of the punishments inflicted on the sinners.

Much later I actually managed to get through the inferno chapters of the Divine Comedy and even a few of the purgatory ones.

The cool thing about Dante's Inferno is that it's tailor made for particular sins. the unbaptized or virtuous people born before Christianity are stuck in the first circle/limbo which isn't a halve bad place to be, considering?

Violent sinners on the other hand are cast in the Seventh Circle and depending the sort of violence they committed are either cast in a river of boiling blood and fire, turned into thorny bushes, chased through those bushes by violent dogs or cast in a desert of flaming sand rained down upon by flaming ashes.

So Ichabod and Abby end up in purgatory and all these lost souls are crawling around with very specific punishments just like Inferno and I like to find out or at least guess, with you all, there sins.

1. This guy has his ears sewn shut, blood coming from his eyes and probably is blind and is hitting the same note on a piano.
I have no Idea what he has done wrong in his life.

2. No face this most be a vanity related sin right?

3. Blind pair crawling through the mud. I think I found an entry on Wikipedia that explains there particular sin. the gluttons, forced to lie in a vile slush produced by ceaseless foul, icy rain. So Gluttony then? This is not Hell so things are not that extreme.

4. This must be gossip or revealing secrets right?

Have I got it right or have you got other ideas let me know?
Got any ideas of any of the other lost souls I didn't show?

And if you are really brave you can write down how you would spend your days as a lost soul in purgatory.

P.S. Sleepy Hollow's Purgatory is not inspired by the one in the Divine Comedy. In the Divine Comedy Purgatory is a mountain. (makes sense)
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Jan 25, 2014
First off, this isn't classical Purgatory. Let's not forget the Divine Comedy was written with certain moral and cultural ideas in mind (lovers condemned to Hell for breaking the sacred vow of arranged marriage...puhlease.) Therefore, we can't necessarily use that as a blueprint for what potential sins, and sinners, might be located here. Furthermore, Moloch has domain over this place, so the fact that Mr. I-want-to-bring-about-the-Apocalypse is being given special privledges suggests we have to treat the scenery as dangerous as the Witnesses first encounter was.

I would think that the punishments in Purgatory are somewhat self-inflicted. Katrina's choice of creating the church, for example, gives her solace but also keeps the wound connected to it open and fresh. Therefore, it wouldn't necessarily allow her to create an environment that wasn't also defeating as much as it was comforting.

The piano-player, for instance, is both blind and dead, which suggests a sort of focused pride that might be connected to his musical ambition. Perhaps envy over another composer made him blind and deaf to what his actions were causing another. Physically isolated and not being able to play beautiful music is a strong punishment for one who might have been so obssessed in life.

The woman without a face is both naked and confined to a chair. Not having a face may be connected to vanity but it can also be connected to not being able to see someone else. Sometimes, punishments take the form of the perpetrator being placed in the victim's position, so that it might resemble the anonymous nature of the person she wronged. A parent, for example, who doesn't see a child for the person they are or what they are doing to them could be tormented in such a fashion, being placed in their helpless, anonymous position.

The mud crawlers are crawling in tandem, so it must be assumed they are together for a reason. Contempt for the poor (those who tend to walk around in the mud and filth) could explain why they are making such a crawl. The anonymous nature of their struggle could be a way to make them identify with the nameless people they ignored while alive. If they both lived a life of ease, pleasure and renown, crawling through the mud as faceless nobodies would make an appropriate metaphor.

All that being said, we have to be careful about examining these people too closely. Abbie's dollhouse has her memories but it is less of a self-inflicted trap than it is an expression of Moloch's torment of her own childish nature, which he wants to keep emphasized. In other words, there is a strong incentive by Moloch to make people suffer, not necessarily for reasons or to the extent to which they might have actually deserved it. Abbie might be in Purgatory to help rescue some of those people: her role as a 'witness' to injustice, for example, would make her opinion of the unfairness of purgatory have greater weight, especially if being thus exposed to it makes her an advocate for its cleansing (and thus robbing Moloch of his ability to cause anyone else to suffer.) Sometimes, you have to send someone undercover to get the evidence.
Jan 24, 2014
This is very interesting, it was only recently in reading interviews did I realize the showrunners weren't simply indulging their love of American History. I hadn't really thought about it as I was more focused on the thinking, does Abbie actually need another person to say the incantation or can she do it on her own (since it is in plural) or is someone going to be able to tell her that she and Ichabod can maybe communicate through the dimension like Katrina did and both say it together, she comes through and is able to get to him in time. But then I also kept thinking, in the season finale of Teen Wolf Season 3A, they decided to traumatize their teen audience and got a main character on his way to try and save the day get into a car crash that was clearly caused by a storm run by our main bad guy at that point. But, my gut said, well, in way that is probably good because he is out of the real danger. Now, Jennie is not yet quite as important as Stiles and her accident was a lot worse than his, but I have a feeling she might be able to push through some adrenilin and get to Ichabod before she collapses.
Jan 24, 2014
Interesting outlook I haven seen the final yet as I live in Australia but from the look of it it's going to be great. Everybody has sins nobody is perfect and I love that about people. My sin if it counts as a sin would be stuboness
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