If, as the narrator tells us, "the seasons of a Midwestern town become the Moirai
of our small lives" (189)--the Greek goddesses of fate--Mr.
Primitive civilizations assigned various identities to this "power or agency," ranging from the Moirai
(Greek), the Parcae (Roman) and the Norns (Norse).
Clotho [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is a daughter of Mnemosyne and one of the three Moirai
, and she is the one who spins the thread of life.
Basile's "Le tre fate" (Zipes 544-50), or Grimm's "Die drei Spinnerinnen" (628-9), in which the job of the fairy-women further reminds us of the weaving Moirai
(Greek equivalents to the Parcae).
Freud skryf byvoorbeeld in sy essay "The theme of the three caskets" (Freud 1989: 520) dat die Griekse skikgodinne, die Moirai
, geskep is nadat die mens agtergekom het hy is ook deel van die natuur en daarom onderworpe aan die onveranderlike wet van die dood.
En la mitologia griega estas eran las moirai
(las destinadoras: KIotho, Lachesis, Atropos) o tambien las llamadas fatae (diosas del destino); en la mitologia latina, las parcae (las parturientas: Nona, Decima o Decuma y Morta) o, en la mitologia germana, las nornen.
Sin quererlo Alfredo penso en las teorias de Freud, en Edipo que acaba arrancandose los ensangrentados ojos en un supremo gesto de pudor, verguenza y aceptacion de lo mandado por las Moirai
Mansfield reinforces this imagery by having the grandmother engaged in stitching--an allusion to the Greco-Roman Moirai
or Fates--while talking to Kezia about death and dying.
His argument is based on the Homeric wisdom that the Moirai
(the Fates) govern everything and that even the gods are subject to their rule.
The three Fates have a common Indo-European origin: the Greek Moirai
, the Latin Parcae or Fata, and the Scandinavian Nornes, Dises and Valkyries.
In these metaphonics, Ariadne, as life-giver, thus assumes the personality of the Greek Moirai
or Roman Parcae, three divine old women who spin and weave the "filum" or thread of our existence into a pattern until, at our death, Atropos ("the one of no return") cuts it at the foreordained limit of its extension (again, "lisiere").
As the Greek Moirai
and the Roman Parcae, she spins, measures, and cuts the threads of human destinies; as the Queen of the Island of Women, she retains Mael Duin with a magic ball of yarn which cleaves to his palm; as Ariadne, she gives Theseus the thread that will allow him to extricate himself from the Labyrinth; as Clytemnestra, she casts a net over her husband Agamemnon so that he will be helpless before the sword of her lover Aegistus; as Bertilak's wife, she gives Gawain a magic girdle to protect himself from the Green Knight's blow; as the giantess Grid she lends Thor a girdle of might to fight Geirrod the giant.
They appear to be a northern version of the Fates, the three primordial goddesses the Greeks called the Moirai
, which means "Alloters.
In literature Ananke is associated with the nymph Adrasteia, the Moirai
(or Fates, of whom she was the mother, according to Plato in the Republic), and similar deities.
a reference to Pandora's jar would be more useful than the rather odd idea that the jars on Zeus' threshold are used to store the wool spun by the Moirai