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Melinoe by Arbetta Melinoe by Arbetta
You may remember her from here: [link]

She's the Greek goddess of the offerings made to the deceased. In the night, she wanders the land with a train of ghosts... :fear:

This is based on Goya's Black Paitings a little bit. Hope you like my vision of it :meow:
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Gothgirl378 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She looks pretty sad.
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Daninaturegirl313 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Really pretty. Reminds me of something that belongs in a coffee shop.
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atram95 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome Job!!
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NormalEndsHere Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Zeus raped Persephone, not melinoe
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NormalEndsHere Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In certain myths, her sibling by Hades and Persephone is Zagreus. However, in the other versions it is said that Zeus *Why am I not surprised* raped her, conceiving Zagreus, who tricked Persephone into producing Melinoe. But the certain version with Zeus is less common because, since he fathered Persephone, most people find that disturbing. So, people write about that myth version much less. Either way though, Zagreus tricked Persephone into have his sister, whether it's with Hades or Zeus. Which is why this myth is, overall, passed by because of what modern society is comfortable with.

I have also read about her being directly connected to the twins (Hypnos and Thanatos) because of where she lies in ancient Greek religion. Thus, she lives in the underworld because of origins. Her name is also Latin for Dark Thought. And, Melinoe is commonly confused with Hecate, whom she is also well socialized with. A hymn *which I like* Is this I call upon Melinoe, saffron-cloaked nymph of the earth,
To whom august Persephone gave birth by the mouth of the Kokytos,
Upon the sacred bed of Kronian Zeus
He lied to Plouton and through treachery mated with Persephone,
Whose skin when she was pregnant he mangled in anger.
She drives mortals to madness with her airy phantoms,
As she appears in weird shapes and forms,
Now plain to the eye, now shadowy, now shining in the darkness,
And all this in hostile encounters in the gloom of night.
But, goddess and queen of those below, I beseech you,
To banish the soul's frenzy to the ends of the earth,
and show a kindly and holy face to the initiates.

Melinoë has characteristics that seem similar to Hecate and the Erinyes as well.(But not stated in the text I read) Her limbs were black one one side of her body and white on the other, revealing her dual chthonian and heavenly aspects.The word meilia, which forms the first part of her name, was often used to describe propitiatory offerings made to the ghosts of the dead. Melinoe was probably an Orphic title for the goddess Hekate, who was sometimes named as a daughter of Zeus and Persephone.

Excuse my long speech. Very well done!
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ShoobaQueen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
why the pale arms?
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GingerHeart222 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!!! Your art is amazing!!!
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Savetheocean123 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Woah! Thats so talented! I love your work!
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Much appreciated :hug:
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Savetheocean123 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
your welcome!
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Christina-Perri Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
WWWWWOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW that's amazing. I actually found you by typing in Melinoe, because she's my favorite Greek person :P. Great job, OH MY GOSH.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like this! That you typed Melinoe means you know about Greek mythology and that you like it, great! :aww: Thanks a lot for your words! :hug:
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thewindsshadow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
she is haunting, i a beautiful ghostly way
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thewindsshadow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
oh dear, i didnt mean to press fear...
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thewindsshadow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
she is haunting, in a beautiful ghostly way. you cant help but be drawn to it, yet frightened at the same time...she is beautiful.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! And don't worry about pressing "fear", I wanted her to look a bit scary, as you said it so perfectly :aww: Thanks a lot for the messages :hug:
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Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
She's beautiful. And the fact you can't see her eyes adds a nice creepy factor (in any case, she was said to have black pits for eyes!)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, I love that thing about the eyes! Sometimes I draw her with black eyes and sometimes whitout them... now that's scary! Thanks for the comment! :hug:
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Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
So do I! Nice work.
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Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
And like someone said, the lighting gives me the chills too.
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Rainpath123321 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely job! I especial love the hands and how there's some colors that seep so seamlessly between the black and white.
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Wolf-Terrier Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! ;u; And such a creepy little backstory. *hides in corner* I love the spookyyyy feeling to this! So great!!
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RosyInk Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Ahhhh so cool and creepy at the same time!
I love the way it blends together. :D Very pretty.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Sorry for not answering sooner! :aww:
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RosyInk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
You're welcome. :D And it's no problem!
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Pixar1992 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
beautiul!
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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hrothila Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Con este sí que te has salido de tu estilo habitual. ¡Me encanta! Me gusta mucho más que la otra Melinoe (aunque claro, también es un dibujo mucho más ambicioso y tal, así que es normal). La boca te ha quedado muy expresiva.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muchísimas gracias!!!! :hug: Quería hacer algo distinto y con atmósfera... A ver si hago cosas mejores experimentando :aww: Si quieres, la semana que viene me llevo el portátil y ya sí que te enseño las cucufutis que hago con la tableta jeje :meow:
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hrothila Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
¡Sí! Tengo ganas de ver qué clase de brujería se puede hacer con una cosa de esas.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pos entonces... QUEDADA ARTÍSTICAAAAAAAAAARGHSSS!!! jeje :D
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. The lighting in this gives me chills! I want to see more work like this! It's beautiful!
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:iconarbetta:
Arbetta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to make a really nice portrait of Persephone, good old style, for you :aww: Thank you for always supporting me :hug:
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my goodness! That would be wonderful! And I know it would be gorgeous. We should definitely do an art trade!!! :dance: And no problem. I will always be here to give you support. :hug:
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