The Erinneyes  

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THE THREE "ERINNEYES "OR "FURIES "ARE AMONG THE MOST ANCIENT AND FEARSOME OF THE GREEK GODDESSES; THESE ARE THE GODDESSES WHO AVENGED THE CRIMES AGAINST THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS. THEY RESIDE IN THE UNDERWORLD. WE FIND THEM IN MANY OF THE EARLY CREATION MYTHS, LONG BEFORE THE ZEUS CYCLE. THUS, IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE ERINNEYES ROSE WITH TITANS FROM A UNION BETWEEN AIR AND MOTHER EARTH. SOME SAY THEY AROSE FROM THE BLOOD OF THE MUTILATED URANUS (OURANOS) AND OTHERS SAY THEY ARE THE DAUGHTER OF NYX (NIGHT).

WHOEVER BE THEIR PARENTS, THEY ARE A TRINITY OF DARK GODDESSES WHO PUNISH THE WICKED ON EARTH AS WELL AS IN THE UNDERWORLD. THEY ARE PARTICULARLY AGGRESSIVE AGAINST MURDERERS...ESPECIALLY THE MURDER OF A MOTHER BY HER SON....AS WELL AS CRIMES AGAINST THE GODS AND PERJURY. THE WRATH OF THE ERINNEYES MANIFESTED ITSELF IN MANY WAYS; THE MOST SEVERE OF THESE WAS THE INSANITY INFLICTED UPON THOSE WHO SLAY THEIR PARENTS.

THERE WERE THREE ERINNEYES. THEY ARE:


TSIPHONE--THE AVENGER OF MURDER OR RETALIATION

MEGARA--THE JEALOUS ONE


ALECTO--THE UNRESTING

AS PROTECTORS OF THE RIGHTS OF THE MATRIARCHAL BLOOD LINE, THEY DID NOT FARE VERY WELL WITH THE CHANGE TO A MORE PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY...AND BECAUSE THEY WERE SO ANCIENT AND SO DEEPLY WOVEN INTO THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE, IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO TO TRANSFORM THEM INTO THE KINDLY EUMENIDES, AN EARLIER TRIAD OF GODDESSES FROM THE UNDERWORLD WHO PUSHED EDIBLE PLANTS THROUGH THE GROUND AS GIFTS TO HUMANITY. FROM THEN ON, IT WAS THE ERINNEYES WHO CONTROLLED THE FORCES OF GROWTH THAT WORKED IN THE PLANT KINGDOM FROM BELOW. THUS, THEY WERE ABLE TO REMAIN AS FEMININE EARTH FORCES RATHER THAN THE MASCULINE FORCES WORKING FROM ABOVE IN THE SUNLIGHT.

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