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The Moirae, Moerae or Moirai ….often called The Fates, in Greek mythology, were the white-robed personifications of both Destiny and Fate.    Their number became fixed at three.  The Greek word moira  literally means a part or portion, and by extension one's portion in life or destiny. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life  - see Thread and cord - of every mortal from birth to death…….. the  three Moirae were:

  • Clotho … spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle.
  • Lachesis …..measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod.
  • Atropos – "inexorable" or "inevitable", literally "unturning") was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person's death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with "her abhorred shears".

The Triumph of Death, or The 3 Fates

Flemish Tapestry (probably Brussels, ca. 1510-1520)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England



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