The Three Graiai  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"THE THREE GRAIAI" OR THE "THREE GRAY SISTERS" WERE THE DAUGHTERS OF PHORCYS (ONE ASPECT OF THE 'OLD MAN OF THE SEA', AND CETO. THEY LOOK LIKE OLD LADIES; THEY WERE BORN OLD, WITH LONG GRAY HAIR. THEY LIVED NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE UNDERWORLD AND WER THE GUARDIANS OF THE GORGONS. THEIR NAMES WERE:

* DEINO OR DREAD..."THE TERRIBLE. "SHE WAS THE DREADFUL ANTICIPATION OF HORROR.
* ENYO OR HORROR..."THE WARLIKE. "SHE WAS ALWAYS CLOTHED IN YELLOW. SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN AS "'THE WASTER OF CITIES'."
* PEMPHREDO OR ALARM..."THE WASP." SHE WAS ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL ATTIRED.

THEY SHARED ONE EYE AND ONE TOOTH AMONGST ONE ANOTHER, BUT THEY LOST EVEN THAT WHEN PERSEUS STOLE THEIR EYE AND LATER THREW IT INTO A LAKE.

AS THE STORY GOES, KING POLYDECTES SENT PERSEUS OFF TO BRING HIM BACK MEDUSA'S HEAD; SO PERSEUS WENT OFF IN SEARCH OF THE GRAIAI. HE HAPPENED UP THEM JUST AS THEY WERE PASSING THE EYE BETWEEN THEM AND SNATCHED IT AWAY...SAYING THAT IT WOULD NOT BE RETURNED TO THE SISTERS UNTIL THEY TOLD HIM WHERE THE GORGON'S LIVED. IN DESPERATION, THEY TOLD PERSEUS WHERE THEY LIVED WHICH FURTHER LED HIM TO FINDING HADES INVISIBLE HELMET AND WINGED SHOES. THUS, PERSEUS WAS ABLE TO DESTROY MEDUSA BECAUSE OF HIS INVISIBILITY AND HIS NEW FOUND ABILITY TO FLY.

DESPITE BEING SO EASILY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, THE GRAIAI WERE ACTUALLY VERY WISE.

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