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The Fates were a common motif in European polytheism, most frequently represented as a group of three mythological goddesses (although their number differed in certain eras and cultures). They were often depicted as weavers of a tapestry on a loom, with the tapestry dictating the destinies of humans.
The primary instances include:
- Moirai are the Fates of Greek mythology who control the Threads of Fate
- Parcae are the Roman personifications of humankind's and the gods' destinies, commonly referred to as the Fates of Roman mythology. They are the Roman equivalents to the Greek Moirai. The names of the three Parcae are Nona (Greek equivalent Clotho), Decima (Greek equivalent Lachesis) and Morta (Greek equivalent Atropos). The earliest documents referencing the Parcae are three small stelae (stone or wooden slabs) found near ancient Lavinium.
- Deities and fairies of fate in Slavic mythology. There are many Slavic deities and fairies who control or foretell a person's fate.
- Norns are the Fates of Norse mythology, also related to other female deities in Germanic paganism
- Deivės Valdytojos, seven goddesses who weave garments made from humans' lives in Baltic paganism
This motif has been replicated in fictional accounts, such as:
- Three Witches, characters in Shakespeare's Macbeth
- The Fates, characters in Disney's Hercules
- The Fates/Moirai, characters in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Heroes of Olympus series, and The Trials of Apollo series
- The Sisters of Fate, characters in the God of War video game series, based on the Greek Fates
- The Fates, characters in Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown
- In his poem "Howl", Allen Ginsberg warns of "the three old shrews of fate the one eyed shrew of the heterosexual dollar the one eyed shrew that winks out of the womb and the one eyed shrew that does nothing but sit on her ass and snip the intellectual golden threads of the craftsman's loom".
- Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch, characters in Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain.
- The Fates, primary antagonists of season five of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
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