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Psychopomps (from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός - psuchopompos , literally meaning the "guide of souls") [ 1 ] are creatures, spirits , angels , or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls to the afterlife . Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply provide safe passage. Frequently depicted on funerary art , psychopomps have been associated at different times and in different cultures with horses , Whip-poor-wills , ravens , dogs , crows , owls , sparrows , cuckoos , and harts .
Agni ( Sanskrit : अग्नि ) is a Hindu deity , one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is the god of fire [ 1 ] and the acceptor of sacrifices. The sacrifices made to Agni go to the deities because Agni is a messenger [ 2 ] from and to the other gods.