The Three Fates In Norse Mythology

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The Three Fates are a group of women in Greek mythology that governs every mortal being from the time of their birth to their death. In Greek mythology they are called Moirai and could have been depicted as just one entity in certain periods of time, such as stories by Homer. In the Theogony they are three separate entities that worked in unison. Clotho, the spinner, spun out the threads of life of every being onto her spindle. Lachesis, the allotter, measured out each thread of life with her measuring rod. Atropos, the inexorable, is the one who cut each thread of life. She uses her shears to cut the threads and in doing she also determines how and when the being dies. In history Moirai were described as vile, ugly, and stern women that appeared 3 days after a boy has been born and when they arrive they are often depicted over the child spinning and planning the child’s life. Why the Moirai are depicted to use tools for spinning is because in ancient history, spinning or cloth weaving has been a womanly task. No sources has stated …show more content…

Norns, in Norse mythology, also have three female beings Urðr (past), Skuld (future), Verðandi (present) that control the ultimate fate of all mortal and god beings. Another famous example in Norse Mythology is the Valkyries. The Valkyries in ancient stories decided the fate of soldiers in battle. These female spirits then guided those dead soldiers’ souls to Valhalla, for a place of paradise while waiting for Ragnarok. In Asian culture, or as Wikipedia categorizes it as the Orient, the theme of weaving and the power of decisions are seen less. The main explanation for events is ‘Cosmic Order’ or balance of life, such as Karma or abstract ideas such as ‘truth’. These principles deal with certain outcomes beyond any beings grasp and that the universe has an organic series of events rather than gods or

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