►Greek Mythology: “The Harpies, Winged Bird Monsters”:
In Greek Mythology, a harpy was a female monster in the form of a bird with a human face.
They were the spirits of sudden, sharp gusts of wind.
They were known as the hounds of Zeus and were sent by him to snatch away people and things from the earth.
The harpies were also they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way toHades’ domains. Like the Erinyes, the harpies were employed by the gods as instruments for the punishment of the guilty.
They seem originally to have been wind spirits. Their name means “snatchers”.
Aeschylus in The “Eumenides” (Third part of “The Oresteia”) referred to them as ugly winged bird-women.
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