The Furies In Mythology

A Quick Intro

The Furies were known in Greek mythology as being three sisters. They were also considered to be Goddesses of Punishment. These three sisters were known to be merciless and they carried whips and spikes on them to punish people. They'd spit and smelled like rotten blood and had burning eyes.They'd put a spell on those who'd kill children to either make them go mad or die of persecution.

Their Names

Also known as the three goddesses of Vengeance their names were Tisiphone, Megaera, and Alecto. Tisiphone was the avenger of murder. Megaera was the the avenger of jealousy. Alecto the avenger of constant anger. Another name for these sisters besides Furies is Erinyes.

How They Looked

These three sisters weren't easy on the eyes, not so much like the television show Charmed has let them on to be. They had snake for hair, similar to the Gorgon and blood would drip form their eyes.

How They Were Created

The Titan Cronus had castrated his father Uranus and threw his privates in the sea. In the mythology it is said that The Furies formed from the drops of blood.

Guardians Of The Law

These sisters were known as the guardians of the law at times when they found themselves having to intervene when the state had not done any thing in a certain matter. Then they'd take care of it. They would look after beggars and strangers, even protect dogs as well any animal.

Altogether I am most grateful of today's media for bringing them into the show and allowing people to be more aware of them as well as other mythological beings but still, I would wish they would depict them as they should be depicted.

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stessily 5 years ago

Crescentmoon2007: When I was reading everything I could on Greek mythology, I was absolutely fascinated by the Furies. Their true appearance somewhat shifts the perception of them. Their righteous missions may be easier to accept in the lovely guises but I think that it would indeed be more interesting to cast them properly in their horrific forms.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and interesting, CresentMoon! I've heard of the Furies before, but never knew too much about them. Thanks for sharing. Do you ever work with them in your rituals? I guess they would be called on for very extreme and dire situations...not so much in everyday magick. Thanks!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Maybe that is so stessily about their appearances somewhat shifting their perception. That is something I myself haven't heard but would make sense.

And Kitty, I have not worked with them in my rituals, but I'm sure they could be used as you said in very extreme and dire situations. Thank you for reading.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Never heard of these bad ladies before. they are Interesting though


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you, they weren't all that known about until the television show Charmed, as well as other media started mentioning them. Although they still aren't well known.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I remember the show Charmed, and yes the real ones are pretty different! fascinating though! cheers nell


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you, yes they are indeed different. Although I do like the way charmed made them look.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I aways loved Greek Mythology, but only really remember details on the major gods. This was a great refresher!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you, I love studying all different kinds of mythology with Greek and Egyptian being my favorite.


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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

Very cool hub. I loved Charmed and had no idea they were representations of the Furies. Are furies the same as the Fates? I seem to remember they were three sisters as well.

Back when I was in 4th grade, we studied Greek Mythology for about 2-3 weeks. I still remember clearly, what I felt when I started reading the books. I thought, Finally, I'm learning something real.

I also have a deep fascination with Egyptian mythology


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Tk, I love mythology of all types, including Egyptian. Now as for your question of them being the same as the fates they are not. The fates are sister like beings that weave a pattern for us, a pattern known as our fate. In mythology they could choose to cut a string and this could cause things to go insane or end our lives. They could weave patterns as well to make things go great. Thank you for reading.


blondell 4 years ago

I am in connection with the mother goddess who is ruled by the sign of Cancer. I was created before birth with my Sophia (female intuition) about the Worlds intact but under submission in this World. People have always trusted my advice and knowledge at a very early age in my life- from the time I could talk. This is my story and blessing! Thanks for sharing this moments.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Blondell, you're welcome and thank you for reading.


Miss.Misfit 4 years ago

~ihave a project on these lovely lady creatures...and im learning more and more about them..and becoming obsessed...im loving every minute of this project..!


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Miss.Misfit, they are truly interesting creatures. Glad to hear you are enjoying your research.


brooke 4 years ago

beautiful


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you brooke.


Steve D 4 years ago

Thanks for the great hubs. From what I've read, I think they had lizards, not snakes for hair to distinguish them from the gorgons. However, these myths are often very ambiguous, since they vary from author to author.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

You're welcome Steve. In some myths they do state lizards for hair others state snakes. You are right to state that they do vary from author to author.


Steve D. 4 years ago

Well, we can split the difference and make them legless lizards! Keep writing. I just love reading and writing about this stuff, especially the myth of Prometheus. One of my favorite stories is Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

I love reading and writing about this stuff too. And yes we can make them legless lizards lol.


bob 3 years ago

i like stuff


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Cresentmoon2007 3 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you.

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