Designating or of the underworld of the dead and its gods or spirits.
Pertaining to the underworld; being beneath the earth.
Origin of chthonian
From Ancient Greek χθόνιος (khthonios, “in or under the ground”), from χθών (khthōn, “ground”).
Chthonian Sentence Examples
As a chthonian divinity she is accompanied by a snake; the myrtle, asphodel and narcissus (which Persephone was gathering when carried off by Hades) also are sacred to her.
The cult of the heroes exhibits points of resemblance with that of the chthonian divinities and of the dead, but differs from that of the ordinary gods, a further indication that they were not " depotentiated " gods.
The chthonian aspect of the hero is further shown by his attribute the snake, and in many cases he appears under that form himself.