From Roman mythology, the Fates. The gods would spin the web of a person's destiny, and the Fates would carry out the gods' will by laying out the web, and cutting it when the person's life was to end. The three goddesses were called Moirai. They were Clotho (Spinner) who spun the thread of a persons life, Lachesis (Disposer of Lots) who determined the threads length and Atropos (Inflexible) who cut the thread when the person's life was to end. In modern Greek mythology, the Moirai will appear on the third night after a child is born and direct the course of its life. In Roman mythology, the Parcae (Fates) were Nona, Morta and Decuma. In French mythology, the Fates were called Parques. The Norse mythology called the Fates Norns. They were named Urth or Urd who was the past, Verthandi or Verdandi who was the present and Skuld who was the future. The Egyptians called the Fates the god Shai.

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  • PARCAE — filiae Iovis ex Themide, an ex Nocte, Chao, Necessitate? etc. Deae fatales, humanae vitae stamina dispensantes. Dictae autem videntur Parcae a partu, teste Varrone, loc. cit. eo quod nascentibus hominibus bona malaque conferre censeantur. Sed… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Parcae — Par c[ae], n. pl. [L.] The Fates. See {Fate}, 4. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parcae — (lat., Myth.), s. Parzen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Parcae — PARCAE, arum, Gr. Μοῖραι, ῶν, (⇒ Tab. I.) 1 §. Namen. Ihren lateinischen Namen sollen diese Göttinnen, nach einigen, von Partus, die Geburt, haben; Varro ap. Gell. l. III. c. 16. wogegen andere ihn wahrscheinlicher von parco, ich schone,… …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • Parcae — [pär′sē] pl.n. [L, pl. of Parca, one of the Fates, orig., a birth goddess < parere, to give birth: see PAROUS] FATES …   English World dictionary

  • Parcae — The Parcae, in Roman mythology, were the personifications of destiny (often called The Fates in English). Their Greek equivalent were the Moirae. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal and immortal from birth to death.… …   Wikipedia

  • Parcae — Fate Fate (f[=a]t), n. [L. fatum a prophetic declaration, oracle, what is ordained by the gods, destiny, fate, fr. fari to speak: cf. OF. fat. See {Fame}, {Fable}, {Ban}, and cf. 1st {Fay}, {Fairy}.] 1. A fixed decree by which the order of things …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parcae — noun plural Etymology: Latin Date: 1575 fate 4 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Parcae — /pahr see, kuy/,, sing. Parca / keuh/. the three Fates of ancient Rome, developed out of the goddess Parca by identification with the Moerae of Greek mythology. * * * …   Universalium

  • Parcae — Synonyms and related words: Atropos, Clotho, Dame Fortune, Decuma, Fata, Fates, Fortuna, Heaven, Lachesis, Moirai, Morta, Nona, Norns, Providence, Skuld, Tyche, Urdur, Verthandi, Weird Sisters, Weirds …   Moby Thesaurus

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