Dactyls

Greek - Beings created by Anchiale or Rhea as servants for Cronus. In some accounts there were three (Acmon, Celmis and Damnameneus), in others there were five - Epimedes, Heracles, Idas, Jasius and Paeonius - said to have developed the art of ironwork. Others say that there were six males and five females; or thirtytwo who cast spells and twenty who removed them; or a hundred. Some say that they were created by Anchiale by grasping a handful of soil; others say that they appeared when Rhea dug her fingers into the earth. They lived below ground, mining precious metals, and are credited with the invention of poetic measures such as the dactyl. In some accounts they are equated with the Curetes, in others they derive their title from Mount Ida or from Ida, their mother. Some say that these devotees of Cybele were three in number - Acmon, Celenis and Damnameneus - and were the servants or sons of Adastrea. Sometimes known as Dactyls, Dactyli, Dactyli, Fingers of Ida, Fingers of Ida, Idaean Dactyls or Idaean Dactyls.

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