The idea of Hell is one of those things that varies it's mythology from religion to religion. In most cases it is a place of torment, punishment for the sins we commit in this world. To me as a relatively non-religious person, looking at the world around me I find it a lot easier to believe in Hell than in Heaven.
Linear religions often depict Hell as being endless whereas in cyclic religions it is a stopping place between incarnations. Other traditions merely consider Hell as a neutral place, a housing for the dead so to speak. Regardless I learned some neat things about some of the mythology surrounding Hell and I would like to share them with you:
1) Though the word Hell generally brings to mind visions of fire and brimstone a number of religions including Buddhism and early Christianity also include portrayals of Hell being a cold place.
2) In Ancient Egypt a guilty person was taken by a 'devourer' and would be subjected to terrifying punishment and then annihilated.
3) The Mayans have an underworld of nine levels of hell, the worst of which is also of course the lowest.