Des Fata aux fées : regards croisés de l'Antiquité à nos jours
From Fata to Fairies. Des Parques à la fée Carabosse. Colloque international interdisciplinaire
du 7 octobre 2009 au 9 octobre 2009
Université de Lausanne
[en] Moirai ; Greek Religion ; birth
[en] In ancient Greece, Moirai are divine powers related to the ‘share’ that everyone receives and mythic tales where they appear mainly associate to birth and death. As traditional spinners and weavers, such goddesses rule over everyone’s life course and over the various patterns of the life thread. Cult evidence related to the Moirai is neither numerous nor explicit about their worshippers’ expectations. Nevertheless, myths and rituals are not unrelated bodies of evidence, but specific languages, which resonate inside the mental frame of poets who narrated tales and worshippers who performed rituals. Both of these aspects of the Greek knowledge about Moirai are closely interconnected and studied as such in the present work. Powers of distribution, reward and regulation, Moirai interact with the stability warranted by Zeus’ authority on a mythical level and take also part in such a balance within human communities.