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Erinyes

Erinyes, ("Furies"), the Goddesses of Revenge and Retribution



The Erinyes were three goddesses of revenge and retribution




The three Furies

The Erinyes (also known as "Furies") were cruel earth goddesses who symbolized the divine vengeance.
The Erinyes were three sisters in Greek mythology: Alecto ("the wrathful one"), Megaera ("the fierce one"), and Tisiphone ("the avenger").




The Creation of the Furies

The Furies were created from the blood of Titan Uranus when his son Cronus castrated him to avenge the loss of his siblings.

According to another legend, the Furies were the daughters of Nyx, who symbolized the night and was a daughter of Chaos.




The Role of the Furies

The Erinyes persecuted crimes such as disrespect, injustice, perjury or arrogance, and especially murder, especially murder within a family. Their lust for punishment knew no bounds, for they would punish a sinner even after his death until he would finally repent.




Appearance of the Furies

The Erinyes were dreadful creatures with appalling features. They had a burning breath and poisonous blood was dripping from their eyes. Their heads were wreathed with serpents.



Roman name: Furies



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