|“||Skyland is the general term used to describe the heavens inhabited by pagan gods and other kinds of divinities and immortals. According to a... friend of mine, they are all vassal kingdoms of the Biblical Heaven, though how truthful was that statement is still unclear to me.||„|
|— Carl Black|
The Skyland, also known as the Heavens, is loose term for all non-Abrahamic realms that is home to all of the Gods and pantheons that were worshipped by the ancient cultures of the planet Earth. They are connected to Heaven, though are not considered part of "God's Kingdom".
The Skylands is a common religious, cosmological or transcendent place from which heavenly beings originate, are enthroned or inhabit. It is commonly believed that heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate and that earthly beings can ascend to the heavens in the afterlife or, in exceptional cases, enter the heavens alive.
Each of the mythological Skylands are connected multiple gates that lead to these different Skylands stationed across the borderlands of Heaven. These gates are fashioned in a way that fit the aesthetic and theme of the mythology they represent.
The concept of a Skyland is found in almost every civilization and "may be as old as humanity itself". A number of mythologies incorporate the concept of the soul of the deceased making its own journey to the Skyland. Imagery of such journeys can be found in both ancient and modern art.
List of Skylands
- Greco-Roman Heavens (ruled by Ouranos/Caelus)
- Burotu (ruled by Degei)
- Aaru (ruled by Ra)
- Vaikuntha (ruled by Vishnu)
- Asgard (ruled by Odin)
- Thirteen Heavens (ruled by Ōmeteōtl)
- Takamagahara (ruled by Amaterasu)
- Neorxnawang (ruled by ???)
- The Summerland (ruled by ???)
- While similar to the others, Elysium is not a Skyland.