I was tired of seeing really dark Grim Reaper images that were predominantly black. The Reeper is neither good nor evil, he just is; a keeper of the balance
Death as a sentient entity is a concept that has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, death is often given the name the “Grim Reaper” and from the 15th century onwards came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. It is also given the name of the Angel of Death
In some cases, the Grim Reaper is able to actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving only to sever the last tie from the soul to the body and guide the deceased to the next world and having no control over the fact of their death.
In many languages Death is personified in male form (English including), while in others it is perceived as a female character.
An exellent and humerous portreyal of Death or Lady Death can be seen in Terry Pratchetts Disk world series. Mainly the HOGSFATHER and SOUL MUSIC.
I thought that this old folk song on death was a complimentary addition to the description. I love the smallish guy on the right, I cannot believe that such a deep voice can come from him. It was startling.
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