Melinoe (Chthonic Nymph Deity)

Underworld Entity 

(Μελινόη), daughter of Persephone and Zeus who presided over the propitiations offered to the ghosts of the dead[1]sources:

Melinoë /mˈlɪn/ (Ancient Greek: Μηλινόη) is a chthonic nymph or goddess invoked in one of the Orphic Hymns and propitiated as a bringer of nightmares and madness.[1] She may also be the figure named in a few inscriptions from Anatolia,[2] and she appears on a bronze tablet in association with Persephone.[3] The hymns, of uncertain date but probably composed in the 2nd or 3rd century AD, are liturgical texts for the mystery religion known as Orphism. In the hymn, Melinoë has characteristics that seem similar to Hecate and the Erinyes,[4] and the name is sometimes thought to be an epithet of Hecate.[5] The terms in which Melinoë is described are typical of moon goddesses in Greek poetry.

Melinoë may derive from Greek mēlinos (μήλινος), “having the color of quince,” from mēlon (μῆλον), “tree fruit”.[6] The fruit’s yellowish-green color evoked the pallor of illness or death for the Greeks. A name derived from melas, “black,” would be melan-, not melin-.[7]

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Melinoe (Chthonic Nymph Deity)
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