Furies

Mythological Dictionary

Furies or furious or furioso.
The Erinyes (Furies) were avenging spirits. They sprang from the severed genitals of Uranus, when drops of his blood fell to the earth. They pursued those who had unlawfully shed blood, particularly within a family. They were said to rise up to avenge the blood of the slain and pursue the murderer, driving the guilty to madness. As chthonic deities they are associated with the underworld and are charged with punishing sinners; they are usually depicted as winged goddesses with snaky locks. In English fury can refer to a fit of violent rage or a person in the grip of such a passion, especially a woman. The Latin adjective furiosus has given us our adjective furious as well as the musical term furioso, which is a direction to play a piece in a turbulent, rushing manner.

 
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