limbo definition

The notion of limbo is a notion that is present in almost all religions and that refers to that space in which the dead gather before being judged and sent to Heaven or Hell. The presence of limbo is especially important in the Judeo-Christian tradition since for it life in the afterlife depends precisely on the final judgment that is carried out in a divine way on the soul of a person, on their acts in life and their consequences for the eternity.

Limbo, because it is this space of passage between life and death, is always described and imaginarily understood as a nebulous space, where quality life and happiness are not possible since one is in an indefinite state. The term limbo comes from the Latin limbus which means no more than edge, edge, referring to the edge or limit between the real world and the world of heaven or hell. From here, from this idea comes the phrase “being in limbo” in relation to a person being distracted or lost in thoughts of another nature.

There are different types of limbos according to Christian tradition, intended for different types of individuals. The limbo of the Patriarchs is the one that is destined for all those who have lived baptized and who must therefore be judged by God after having died in order to know if they can finally enter the Kingdom of Heaven. At the same time, there is the limbo of Children or Infants, which can only be accessed by children or infants who have died before committing some type of sin but who have not been baptized in time according to the doctrine of the Church.

Normally, each religion develops its own concept of limbo. However, something that remains is the idea that limbo is the liberating portal for all those who in life have been good and agreeable to different religious conceptions.