From Latin infernum, he hell it is the place where, after the death , the damned are subjected to a eternal punishment . The concept is also used to name the state of definitive deprivation of God and, in certain mythologies, to the place where the spirits of the dead live.
For example: “If you behave badly, you will go to hell,” “I hope this killer rots in hell.”, “I do not fear hell because I am a good man who always tries to help others”.
Although hell is not a physical place, most representations place it below the land (unlike paradise, which is above). It is usual to appear represented as a place in the middle of the flames, where the Devil or various demons inflict punishment on the damned.
Many authors have approached the existence and appearance of hell in their literary works and among all of them we should highlight Dante Alighieri who establishes a series of characteristics of that in his well-known book "The Divine Comedy". In it, among other things, he states that hell is made up of a series of nine concentric circles that get smaller as they get closer to the center of the Earth.
In addition to all this it represented hell with corners such as a river of blood that boils and becomes the destiny of all those people who blaspheme, are usurers or have committed a crime. Of course, how could it be otherwise, he uses his representation to "scare" the heretics and it is that he establishes that the same river will stop those who do not believe in God.
To all this set of elements it should also be added that Dante considers that in hell there are a whole series of creatures belonging to what was pagan mythology as would be the case of harpies and centaurs.
The English poet John Milton also spoke at the time of hell and he represented it as a place very similar to a huge furnace but full of darkness. So much so that, as he explained, it would be full of flares everywhere, although it also has an area, that of the damned, where the cold reigns because it has snow, ice and wind.
For some religions, hell is not even a symbolic space, but it is a state of suffering . The souls found in hell are tortured for all eternity.
Beyond the differences between each religion , hell usually appears as the threat of punishment for those who depart from the divine will. Simply put, the people that obey God they go to heaven, while sinners end up in hell.
In everyday language, hell is the place or situation in which there is a great uproar, violence or destruction: “The street is hell, there are protests in every corner”, "We have to turn the court into a hell for the visiting team".