chapter  XXIV
A Puritan Version of the Triad Journey
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We have already seen that despite the Reformation,*old traditions died hard in England, and that the one concerning the Underworld survived well into the 19th century, if, indeed, it is not still in existence. This fact will mitigate our surprise at finding the same framework in Bunyan’s Pilgrim's Progress. There is, however, one essential difference, due to the period and to the temperament of Bunyan. As a staunch Protestant, there was no room in his allegory for Purgatory or a journey therethrough. The Allegory has therefore become almost purely mystical, and as such is of the greatest value when we come to consider the mystical meaning of the Triad journey. Never­ theless, it is worth noticing that Bunyan, unlike many Protestants, does not believe that at death a man’s soul sleeps. Christian enters Heaven as soon as he is dead, and Ignorance on being refused admission to Heaven is sent direct to Hell. When we come to consider the question of his attitude to the Last Judgment, we must conclude that since the dead had already been judged the Day of Doom concerned mainly those who were alive on that day. There is no hint of a resurrection of the physical body and its reunion with the soul, although he may have thought that his readers would naturally assume i t .