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Moirai by Arbetta Moirai by Arbetta
The Greek mythology "Moirai", also known as "the Fates" ("Parcae" for the Romans) are the personifications of Destiny, represented by three sisters who have total control over our "thread of life". They are feared and respected by all the gods (though some people feared them so much they said Zeus was slightly more powerful than them hehehe... fools), and there are many different theories about their parentage, some of them making them the daughters of Ananke, "Necessity", or Nyx, "Night".

From left to right they are:
Clotho (Cloto), the "spinner": spins the thread of life onto her spindle. She represents the beginning of life.
Lachesis (Láquesis), the "disposer":measures the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. In one of my books she also decides if the life of the person she's measuring will have happy moments or painful ones, and she adds golden threads to the main one.
Atropos (Átropos=, "unturnable, inevitable": finally, this Moirai represents death and she's the cutter of the thread of life. Her shears were feared and called "abhorred", but they were also golden ones :nod:

Although sometimes they are depicted as sharing one eye and one tooth (UUUGH) and being old and ugly nuns, I decided to go for the triad representation of a woman's life: a young girl, a matron and an old lady. They are said to wear white clothes and to appear three days after a child is born to foresee his/her future. Have you ever seen them? Do you believe that the future is preordained? The ancient Greeks did and the Moirai are a personification of this philosophy.

This is specially dedicated to my friend Robb :iconhrothila:, whose birthday was yesterday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBB! :dummy: And also to my brother Santi, he wanted the Moirai coloured SOON :D

Hope you like it! :meow:
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I've really enjoyed looking through all this goddess art!  I think this is my favorite.
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WindWhisperBri Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I love them, and about the one eye and one tooth I thought that the Gray Ones where the ones who shared that(sorry can't remember their greek names) They helped Persius find medusa. But any ways keep up the AWESOME work :)
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TheseAreTheWords Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely work, it's amazing!
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cvanderlinden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Wow, this is amazing!
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Gossamer1357 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student General Artist
OH.MY.GOD. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! AND GREEK MYTHOLOGY!!!!! I really admire your artwork and this is just beautiful. 
Again I read alot of greek mythology so I hope that you will keep doing this unit. I have some gods and goddesses that I hope you will draw in the future:
Morpheus  (god of dreams)
Helios (god of the sun)
Selene (goddess of the moon)
Zephyrus ( god of the west wind)
Eros (god of love)
Mnemosyne (goddess of memory and mother of the muses)
Astraios (god of stars planets the study of astrology)
and Astraeus (god of dusk or twilight consort of Eos) 
Please keep drawing!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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moonofwitch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...just wow..
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shadowhood100 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Daughter, Mother, and Grandmother. I love their mystique!
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09alih Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful!
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GleeHatch Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
It's magic
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Lewis-James Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work as always! xxx
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