The Three Graces Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia. the goddesses of grace, kindness, purity and beauty
The Three Graces Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia. the goddesses of grace, kindness, purity and beauty

The Three Graces of mythology Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia.

the goddesses of grace, kindness, purity
of festive events & beauty.

There are many myths and stories around Charites, both about their number and their origin.

The most prevalent version is that of Hesiod, according to which they were daughters of Zeus and Oceanida Eurynomus and were 3: Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia.

Aglaia: the youngest of the 3 Graces, deity of grace, beauty and greatness.

Joy: deity of cheerfulness, cheerfulness and joy.

Thalia: deity of festive events and flowering.

Other myths say that the Charites were the daughters of Dionysus and Aphrodite or of the Sun and Naiada Aigli. Homer in his epics mentions two Graces: Harris, wife of Hephaestus and Pasithea, wife of the god Sleep.

The Athenians, on the other hand, honored two other Graces: Auxo and Hegemon.

In Sparta these two Graces were called Klita and Faenna,
while in Aegina and Epidaurus, they were called Auxisia and Damia.

What were their talents and graces?

Graces symbolized kindness, beauty and purity on Earth. It was the personification of grace and joy, first in nature and then in human life.

The ancient Greeks believed that beauty, fun, creativity and happiness in their lives were due to Grace. Above all, however, they were the goddesses of bodily grace and beauty and those who gave people their gifts. They were often mentioned together with the Muses, with whom they were present at every celebration of Olympus. Also, the Charites were part of the escort of the goddess Aphrodite, together with Eros and Persuasion, reports tsemperlidou.

Where did their worship begin?

The Charites were worshiped all over Greece, with the original place of worship being Orchomenos in Boeotia. There was their oldest sanctuary, which is said to have been built by the king of Orchomenos, Eteocles. Initially, the faithful worshiped as Charites three black amorphous meteorites that fell from the sky and considered them as their personifications. In the years of Pausanias, however, they gave form to the Graces and dedicated real statues to them.

In their honor, three-day poetic and musical competitions were held, Haritisia, in which guitarists, pipers, preachers, rhapsodists, tragedians and artists from all parts of Greece, Ionia and Italy (Greater Greece) participated.

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