Erinyes
(Furies)
   In Greek mythology, three female goddesses, later demonized in Christianity, who punish wrongdoers to death, sometimes causing them to commit suicide. Erinyes means “roused to anger.” The Erinyes are Alecto, Megara, and Tisiphone, and they were born from the BLOOD of the castrated god Uranus. They are ugly, winged women with hair, arms, and waists entwined with poisonous SERPENTS. They carry whips and are clothed in the long black robes of mourners or the short skirts and boots of huntress-maidens. The Erinyes particularly punish those who kill their mothers. They serve in the court of Hades and scourge the shades of sinners. When they play their lyres, mortals wither. They cause insanity and mind-ruining derangement, especially for murderers. They also cause disease, illness, and hunger.
   The Erinyes can be placated by rituals of atonement

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