The Furies


42x59 mm

Ink, Watercolor,gold

and acrylic on paper


THE ERINYES were three netherworld goddesses who avenged crimes against the natural order. They were particularly concerned with homicide,unfilial conduct, crimes against the gods, and perjury. A victim seeking justice could call down the curse of the Erinys upon the criminal. The most powerful of these was the curse of the parent upon the child for the Erinyes were born of just such a crime, being sprung from the blood of Ouranos, when he was castrated by his son Kronos.

The Furies or Erinyes were formed when the blood of Uranus fell on Gaia when the son of Uranus, Cronus, killed him. The Furies pursued particularly heinous criminals and drove them mad. Their most famous victim was Orestes, whose crime was matricide.The names of the other Erinyes were Tisiphone and Megaira. the Erinyes are described as dark, not quite women, not quite Gorgons (Medusas), featherless, with rheumy eyes.

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