|Boss||Cleopatra and Marc Antony|
|Locations||Tower of Lust|
|Host||Francesca Da Polenta|
Lust is the second Circle of Hell.
Below Limbo is the second circle of Hell, Lust. Here, Dante discovers Lucifer has made Beatrice into his bride. Lucifer tells her of Dante's betrayal to her by having sex with the slave girl. Dante journeys to the The Carnal Tower in the center of this circle's endless hurricane of souls who were ruled by sexual desire. Here he defeats Queen Cleopatra, who rules as one of Lucifer's regents.
The Circle of Lust is comprised of a vast, rocky chasm, with the structural ends of a broken bridge residing on each side. The bridge itself is lined in gold statues of lovers, separated at the left and right of the bridge, purple lightning arching between them.
The center piece and main section is The Carnal Tower, a phallic shaped structure massive in size, which rises out of the chasm between the bridges. As well as a throne to the circle's guardian, Queen Cleopatra, the tower also acts as a focal point for the violent purple lightning storms that swirl around it, ensnaring the souls of the lustful for eternity.
The Tower itself has many floors, and it's architecture and decor continue with the theme of sex and the human genitalia, for example, pillars and columns resembling penises, doors and arches reminiscent of the vagina, and rooms resembling the womb, as well as statues of lovers in intimate poses.
Areas of the Circle Edit
- The Tempest of Lustful Shades: A giant vortex storm summoned by Cleopatra, which surrounds The Tower of Lust and punishes the lustful shades. Dante uses a bolt of energy to open a breach in the winds and enter the tower.
- The Carnal Tower: A giant, phallic-shaped tower in the center of the circle which Cleopatra climbs, taunting Dante and trying to hinder his journey. Its architecture, walls, pillars and floors resemble human genitalia.
- In the Divine Comedy, Dante sees Semiramis, Dido, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Achilles, Paris, Tristan, Francesca da Polenta, Paolo Malatesta, and others blowing around in the Winds of Lust.
- The sin of Lust, in Latin luxuria, is listed among the Seven Deadly Sins, which were used by Dante Aligheri to craft his versions of Hell and Purgatory in The Divine Comedy. Lust originally was not only an obsessive desire for sex, but also for expensive items and excessive comforts (over-pampering of the body).
- In the Divine Comedy, the Deadly Sin of Lust is considered the least offensive of the seven, and thus, aside from the virtuous pagans of the previous circle (Limbo), sinners in this circle receive a relatively light punishment. As these sinners let lust drive them constantly through life, day or night, in Hell their lust now manifests as the whirlwind that keeps forcing them to move eternally without allowing them to stop for rest.
- According to Dante, Lust was a form of Divine Love for others, perverted into an obsession with the flesh, which is why it is only designated as the second circle rather than a lower one. Other sins derived from corrupted Divine Love (Gluttony, Greed) are also found in the higher circles of Hell (Circles 3 and 4 respectively).
|Nine Circles of Hell|
|Limbo · Lust · Gluttony · Greed · Anger · Heresy · Violence · Fraud · Treachery|