Furies

Greek - Daughters of Uranus and Gaea or of Acheron or Tartarus and Nyx. Alecto, Magaera and Tisiphone were born from the blood of Uranus falling on Earth when he was castrated by Cronus. Others say they were the daughters of Nyx or of Hades and Persephone. In some stories they had dogs' heads and bats' wings and writhing snakes for hair. They lived in Tartarus and judged complaints of insolence etc. In other versions they are of grave demeanour, dressed as huntresses, and carry scourges, sickles and torches. In anger at the acquittal of Orestes for the murder of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra - one of them had acted as public prosecutor at the trial - they harried Orestes wherever he went and threatened to blight Athens with their blood. Athene pacified them by giving them a home in a grotto and guaranteeing that they would be worshipped by the people of Athens. The three who took up this offer were thereafter known as the Solemn Ones, the Benignant Ones or Eumenides. On occassion, known as Furies, Benignant Ones, Benignant Ones, Erinnyes, Erinnyes, Erinnys, Erinnys, Erinues, Erinues, Erinyes, Erinyes, Eumenides, Eumenides, Kindly Ones, Furiae, Furiae, Dirae, Solemn Ones, Solemn Ones, Ara(e), Ara(e), Erin(n)yes, Erin(n)yes, Erunnys, Erunnys, Maniai, Maniai, Norse Waelcyrge, Norse Waelcyrge, Roman Dirae, Roman Dirae, Semnai Theai, Semnai Theai or 'venerable goddesses'.

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