Danaids

Greek - The 50 daughters of Danaus and Io. All these girls married the fifty sons of Aegyptus and each one killed her husband on their joint wedding night, except Hypermnestra who spared her husband, Lynceus. They were purified of the murders by Athena and Hermes but in Tartarus they were condemned forever to carry water in leaking cans or to fill their jars with water using sieves. Some accounts say that Lynceus killed not only Danaus but all the Danaids except Hypermnestra to avenge the murder of his brothers. In some versions, two other sisters, Amymone and Berbyce, also spared their husbands. In some references, identified as Danaids, Danaides, Danaides, Danaoi or Danaoi.

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