►Greek Mythology: “The Erinyes” (The Furies):
►Poetry: Verónica Boletta: “Three”:
“Orestes and the Erynies” by Gustave Moreau (1891).
In Greek Mythology, the Erinyes were mainly goddesses of vengeance.
The name Erinnys, which is the more ancient one, was derived by the Greeks from the erinô or ereunaô, I hunt up or persecute, or from the Arcadian word erinuô, I am angry; so that the Erinnyes were either the angry goddesses, or the goddesses who hunt up or search after the criminal
The goddesses were often addressed by the euphemistic names Eumenides (“Kind Ones”) or Semnai Theai (“Venerable Goddesses”). Eumenides signifies “the well-meaning,” or “soothed goddesses”.
They were probably personified curses, but possibly they were originally conceived of as ghosts of the murdered.
They were depicted as ugly, winged women with hair, arms and waists entwined with serpents:
“You handmaidens, look at them there: like Gorgones, wrapped in sable garments, entwined…