Goddess Ananke  

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"ANANKE" IS THE GREEK GODDESS OF ATTACHMENTS. SHE IS THE POWERFUL DEITY WHO RULES COMPULSION, CONSTRAINT, AND RESTRAINT, AND PRESIDES OVER ALL FORMS OF SLAVERY AND BOND, STARTING WITH THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF LIFE. SHE WAS THE PERSONIFICATION OF DESTINY, NECESSITY AND FATE, USUALLY DEPICTED AS HOLDING A SPINDLE. ANANKE MATERIALIZED AT BEGINNING OF THE COSMOS, ALONG WITH HER MATE, CHRONOS. BECAUSE SHE WAS SEEN AS THE MOST POWERFUL DICTATOR OF ALL FATE AND CIRCUMSTANCE, THE OTHER GODS HAD TO GIVE HER RESPECT AND PAY HOMAGE AS WELL AS THE MORTALS. SHE WAS ALSO THE MOTHER OF THE MOIRAE, THE THREE FATES WHO WERE FATHERED BY ZEUS.

WHEN SOMEONE IS CAST INTO PRISON, OR FASTENED BY CHAINS, IT IS HER NAME THAT IS EVOKED FOR SHE IS BEHIND ALL BONDS AND HAS A SHARE EVEN IN THE TIES OF KINSHIP, FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE. BECAUSE HER DOMINION IS EXPERIENCED MAINLY IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD, SHE HAS, THEREFORE, BEEN HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UGLINESS OF ALL VIOLENT DEALINGS DERIVING FROM HER COMPELLING POWER. ACCORDINGLY, HER RULE IS FOUGHT AGAINST VIOLENTLY BY IGNORANCE, AND WHEN THIS OCCURS, NEW NECESSARY BONDS MAY APPEAR AS A RESULT.

"ANANKE" WAS WORSHIPPED UNTIL THE CREATION OF THE ORPHIC MYSTERIY RELIGION, AND IT IS THROUGH THE LONG PROCESS OF THE ORPHIC MYSTERIES CULT, IT TRANSPIRES THAT "ANANKE", SYMBOLIZING DESTINY AND THE INEVITABLE, FELL GRADUALLY INTO OBLIVION, UNTIL FINALLY, SHE WAS REPLACED BY THE GOD, EROS,THE GOD OF LOVE AND THE FORCE OPPOSING FATE AND DEATH

"THERE IS A LAW OF STERN NECESSITY,"THE IMMEMORIAL ORDINANCE OF THE GODS"MADE FAST FOR EVER, BRAVELY SWORN AND SEALED:"SHOULD ANY SPIRIT, BORN TO ENDURING LIFE,"BE FOULED WITH SIN OF SLAUGHTER, OR TRANSGRESS"BY DISPUTATION, PERJURED AND FORSWORN,"THREE TIMES TEN THOUSAND YEARS THAT SOUL SHALL WANDER"AN OUTCAST FROM FELICITY, CONDEMNED"TO MORTAL BEING, AND IN DIVERSE SHAPES"WITH INTERCHANGE OF HARDSHIP GO HIS WAYS."THE HEAVENS FORCE HIM HEADLONG TO THE SEA;"AND VOMITED FROM THE SEA, DRY LAND RECEIVES HIM,"BUT FLINGS UNWANTED TO THE BURNING SUN;"FROM THERE, TO THE HEAVENLY VORTEX BACKWARD THROWN,"HE MAKES FROM HOST TO HOST, BY ALL ABHORRED."(EMPEDOCLES, C. 493-C. 433 BC)"

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