Date: December 03, 2019 04:31PM
> My not-so-nice Irish ancestors had a triple HM
> called the Mor-Rioghan, made up of maiden, mother,
> and crone. They were the mistresses of fate, the
> ones who chose who lived through the war and who
> didn't. One of the three, Badbh Catha, was the
> black war crow who could slay 100 men with a
> single battle cry, and was occasionally seen as
> the banshee washing the clothes or entrails of the
> soon to be slain. They were some real optimistic
> perky folks, my old tribe.
There was a similar troika in ancient Greek mythology--shouldn't come as a surprise given the Indo-European connections. There are three (or nine) muses, three (or nine) fates, and three (or nine) harpies, all representing different phases of the same divinities' life cycle. More generally, the goddesses of Greece represented the variable powers and moods of women as the Greeks perceived them.
ETA: I just checked wiki. There is a lot of evidence of the tripartite goddess throughout the Indo-European lands from India to Ireland. In the following article, search for the section called "fate goddesses."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Indo-European_mythology#Fate_goddesses
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/03/2019 04:35PM by Lot's Wife.