Wednesday, 11 June 2014


In Greek mythology, Erinyes (or Furies) were three goddesses of vengeance,-Alecto, Megaera, and Tisphone - who avenged crimes against the natural order. 

                                   The crimes which they punish were disobedience towards parents, violation of the respect due to old age, perjury, murder, violation towards the law of hospitality and improper conduct towards suppliants.  Erinyes work for Hades in underworld to punish evil souls. Erinyes not only punished crimes after death, but during life on earth. 
Orestes pursued by Erinyes 

                                     When the Titan Cronus castrated his father Uranus and threw his genitalia into the sea, the Erinyes as well as Meliae emerged from the drops of blood when it fell on the earth, Gaea. In some versions, Erinyes were described the daughters of Nyx (night). Erinyes were personification of curses pronounced upon a guilty criminal. 


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