Greek Mythology Wiki
Advertisement
We've moved! Greek Mythology Wiki has moved to Myths and Folklore Wiki


Makaria

{{{Image size}}}px

Names (S)
Makaria, Macaria
Rules Over
Death, Underworld
Title
Goddess Of Blessed Death
Gender
Female
Items
Scythe (Possibly)
Parents
Consort
Thanatos (Possibly)
Siblings

Makaria (Macaria) was the goddess of a "blessed" death, a minion of her father Hades. She was perhaps a more merciful counterpart of the death-god Thanatos or else connected with the passage of souls to the Islands of the Blessed (Nesoi Makarioi).

A goddess Macaria ('μακαρία', literally 'blessed') is named in the Suda. This Macaria is the daughter of Hades. She seems to have embodied a blessed death; the Suda connects her name to the figure of speech "be gone to blessedness," instead of misery or damnation, which may be euphemistic, in the way that the dead are referred to as "the blessed ones." The phrase was proverbial for those whose courage endangered them.

Advertisement