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Bolgia 1 -- Panderers and Seducers
Bolgia 10 -- Falsefiers
Bolgia 2 -- Flatterers
Bolgia 3 -- Simoniacs
Bolgia 4 -- Fortunetellers
Bolgia 5 -- Grafters
Bolgia 6 -- Hypocrites
Bolgia 7 -- Thieves
Bolgia 8 -- Evil Counsellors
Bolgia 9 -- Sowers of Discord
Circle I - Limbo - The Virtuous Pagans
Circle II - The Carnal
Circle III -- The Gluttons
Circle IV -- The Hoarders and Wasters
Circle V -- The Wrathful and the Sullen
Circle VI -- The Heretics
Part 1 -- Caina -- Traitors to Kin
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Bolgia 4 -- Fortunetellers
Dive on into the haphazard world of Bolgia Four! This waste land is abundant with mystics and
who may, if you're lucky enough, bump into you as they walk past with their backward heads! As you tour through this pit in hell, you may catch a glimpse of several famous
Bolgia Four is located in Circle Eight of
. Circle Eight, also called Malebolge, is particularly well-known for its deep ditches and
. Visitors have provided such flattering descriptions as "
bathed with the tears
of its tormented
To enter this horrific vacation spot, all you have to do is tell some fortunes, then die! You'll be sent to Bolgia 4 straight away. If you wish to stay alive, contact Virgil at
1-800-DEAD-POET or by wandering aimlessly through the Dark Wood of Error
He will meet you near the gates of hell and lead you through your luxurious stay at the
most horrific place on earth
The primary way of transportation through Bolgia Four is by foot.
Circle Eight, however, is located deep in hell, and it is a long walk to reach the fourth Bolgia. Travelers should be advised to bring comfortable walking shoes and
guard their souls against despair.
Bolgia Four is best known for its uniquely disfigured inhabitants. Although their heads are now turned
and they are prone to tears, many of the world's most famous fortune tellers and diviners are still easily identifiable for visitors' benefit. Actual divining, however, is
forbidden, so superstitious travelers will need to get their
An artist's depiction of the famous diviners of Bolgia Four
Previous travelers have sugested these options:
Weep against a rock
Listen to your guide rant about his
. (Such as Virgil telling Dante about the founding of Mantua
Be escorted by your guide around the soothsayers
Leaving Bolgia 4 is very straightforward: simply continue across the bridge to Bolgia 5. If you wish to leave Hell altogether, however, you will need to travel through all the remaining bolgias, Circle Nine, and
. Plan ahead for the inconvenience.
fortold and tried to escape his own death,
but fell down to Hell in an earthquake.
Eurypylus- Greek augur who chose the time to leave for Troy in the
Tiresias- blind prophet in Thebes
Aruns- predicted that Caesar would win the war against Pompey
Manto- diviner. Mantua was founded on her grave.
- 13th century Irish scholar. Alternatively, the "World's Best Boss."
Guido Bonatti- 13th century court astrologer
Asdente- shoemaker and fortuneteller
"I first entered Bolgia Four under the leadership of my good friend Virgil. (I was ultimately planning to visit
, but we were forced to take the scenic route.) My first impression of the Bolgia concerned the
of the place-- it was simply a barren pit filled with people. It wasn't until I looked closer that I noticed the natives' unique features. Each had his or her head turned backwards and was processing slowly around the edge of the pit. I was also astonished by the number of
present. In fact, I saw everyone in the 'famous visitors' section of my
travel wiki. Although the horror of the sight
drew me to tears,
Virgil cautioned me against feeling pity. These souls, after all, have sealed their fate by their divining in life. We moved on quickly, but I have to admit that Bolgia Four is a must-see place in hell."
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