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Erinyes are a group of primordial goddesses of vengeance in Greek mythology. Their Roman counterpart is called the Dirae.

Legacy

Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture and fertility, once assumed the guise of a Fury due to the god Poseidon's actions. This event was memorized as a monument on top of a hill in the Forest of Soron in Arkadia.[1]

During the 5th century BCE, a shipwreck located within the Korinthian Gulf bore the name of one of the Furies: Alekto.[2] The Erinyes were also used to explain The Octopus, a member of the Gods of the Aegean Sea branch of the Cult of Kosmos; according to a tale, she was a captain whom the Erinyes slew, after which she was resurrected in her new form.[3]

In time, the term 'fury' came to denote a person, especially a woman, who was mad with anger.[4] [5] [6]

Trivia

  • The term comes from Ancient Greek Ἐρῑνύες (Erinúes), which means 'Avengers'. Colloquially the name used tends to be Furies.
  • According to the myths, the Furies are older than the Olympians, since they were born from the spilled blood of Uranus.

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