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Nemesis Greek Goddess of vengeance, justice, Indignation and Retribution ~ History

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Nemesis Greek Goddess of vengeance, justice, Indignation and Retribution ~ History
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Nemesis is the Greek goddess of vengeance, justice, and retribution against evil deeds. She personifies resentment toward criminals, greedy and wicked men. also Destroyer of Demons

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She was also worshipped at Rome, especially by victorious generals, and was represented as a meditative, thoughtful maiden with the attributes of proportion and control (a measuring-rod, a bridle, and a yoke), of punishment (a sword and scourge), and of swiftness (wings, a wheel, and a chariot drawn by griffins).

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Nemesis was also known as Adrasteia, which means 'inescapable', or 'Tracing Goddess'. You could say that Nemesis/Adrasteia was the ancient Greeks' conscience, for the goddess of retribution personified moral reverence for the natural order of things and provided a deterrence to wrongful action.

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Nemesis was known to be the daughter of Nyx the Goddess of Night Father Erebus

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Nemesis was often sometimes depicted as a winged goddess. Her attributes were apple-branch, rein, lash, sword, or balance. Her name was derived from the Greek wordsnemêsis and nemô, meaning "dispenser of dues.

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Nemesis was the goddess of indignation against, and retribution for, evil deeds and undeserved good fortune. This goddess was thought to be the creator of an equilibrium for the people... she measures out happiness and unhappiness. He who is blessed with too many or too frequent gifts of good fortune, is paid a visit from her with losses and sufferings. The intentions behind her visiting them were so that he may become humble, and feel that there are bounds beyond which human happiness cannot go on without getting punished for. Most believe that gods were envious of excessive human happiness, and Nemesis was the main goddess involved evening out the happiness inside all mankind.

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This goddess took her role very serious, being feared and hated by most. Nemesis's calling in life to make sure all men had the same amount of fortune as misfortune. Also meaning keeping an eye on Tyche (god of luck and fortune) who gave out luck often and freely. Most of the time, told by the stories, Tyche loved to share his luck and fortune with the humans who were either deserving or even undeserving. For this the gods got mad, and it was Nemesis's job to keep him in line. Tyche would often become full of himself, and boast, when such situations arrived Nemesis shoved him back in his place, embarrassing and dwindling him all the way down to nothing. This being so... Nemesis and Tyche were not usually on good terms.

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A famous example of the retribution of Nemesis is the story of Narcissus. This man was the beautiful son of the River Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. He was so handsome that all women who beheld him at once fell in love with him. The vain Narcissus, however, only had eyes for himself (you could say he suffered from "I" strain...) and rebuffed all admirers.

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One such admirer was the nymph Echo, who saw Narcissus and at once fell in love with him. But the beautiful youth couldn't be bothered with the smitten one, who slowly pined away, leaving just the echo of her voice.

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Nemesis saw this and condemned the vain Narcissus to spend the rest of his days admiring his own reflection in the waters of a pool. Eventually Narcissus died and was transformed into the flower that bears his name

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But some say that Helen was a daughter of Nemesis and Zeus; for that she, flying from the arms of Zeus, changed herself into a goose, but Zeus in his turn took the likeness of a swan and so enjoyed her; and as the fruit of their loves she laid an egg, and a certain shepherd found it in the groves and brought and gave it to Leda; and she put it in a chest and kept it; and when Helen was hatched in due time, Leda brought her up as her own daughter.

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In ancient Greece and Rome, she was called upon to exorcise and avert demons, and demonic possession.

Her main function is to balance the world by making sure the wrongdoers are punished for their crimes

Nemesis stone rings were amulets against evil.

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A stone taken from an alter to Nemeis and engraved with her image

It was then placed under the stone with the tip of a duck wing, and a piece of a mullein (death plant)

The person wearing a Nemesis stone had to avoid all wicked things to benefit from it

If the ring was given to someone who’d be possessed the demon would confess and flee the person’s body.

If worn as a necklace the ring served as protection against nightmares

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Temple built for Greek goddess of divine retribution unearthed in Turkey

Archaeologists have found traces of a temple built for the Greek goddess of divine retribution, Nemesis, during excavations in the ancient city of Agora in the Aegean port city of Izmir in Turkey

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health/temple-built-for-g...

Demon and Demonology, Rosemary Ellen Guiley

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology, Arthur Cotterell & Rachel Storm

Apollodorus, Library and Epitome (ed. Sir James George Frazer)

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  • darwolf 2011/05/23 22:28:08
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    darwolf
    +3
    Thanks for doing this one. I've read about Nemesis for years now. She one of favorites 1 i love strong women and 2 she kinda stood for law and order.
    1 love strong women 2 kinda stood law order Nemesis Greek Goddess

    It's kinda cool they found a temple of hers in Turkey because that's where they found some graves of warrior women that could have been the legendary Amazons.

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  • reaper 2012/05/12 23:29:06
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    reaper
    hey, anyone watch the show hercules back in the 90's?

    hey watch hercules 90s
  • VampFreak13 2012/04/14 12:52:41
    One mans Myth is another mans Religion
    VampFreak13
    I think that is all depends on each individuals point of view...but there seems to be at least some truth in all mythology... :)
  • mr echo 2012/04/14 00:11:05
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    mr echo
    +1
    i like supernatural
  • oceangrl 2012/04/13 23:15:39 (edited)
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    oceangrl
    awesome!!!!! thanks for sharing that!! and by the way, i love the video there lol
  • Noel16161 2011/08/19 22:40:44
    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in ...
    Noel16161
    Vengeance is best left to Nemesis even though it is hard to do.
  • Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan... 2011/08/18 09:57:36
    People only see what they are prepared to see
    Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan BN0
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/08/18 08:25:21
    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in ...
    Myrle Hulme
    What will be will be
  • D.C. Willis 2011/08/18 04:57:34
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    D.C. Willis
    "This goddess was thought to be the creator of an equilibrium for the people"
    She is sleeping on the job! Have you looked around lately? :-)

    Great blog man. I liked the video from Supernatural, Nice touch.
  • ~Roxy~Navy~Brat~ 2011/05/29 15:51:20
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    ~Roxy~Navy~Brat~
    :) I like learning about the greek gods & goddesses ^^
  • Ryo 2011/05/29 07:32:12
    Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.” – “Called or not called, the goddess ...
    Ryo
    Thanks for sharing.
  • halfbreed 2011/05/29 02:38:27
    One mans Myth is another mans Religion
    halfbreed
    Another great post
  • Cloaked_In_Darkness 2011/05/25 22:05:34
    One mans Myth is another mans Religion
    Cloaked_In_Darkness
    Things change during the centuries
  • Redskin 2011/05/24 01:47:59
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    Redskin
  • fizafrin 2011/05/24 00:04:43
    Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.” – “Called or not called, the goddess ...
    fizafrin
    +1
    Greek/Roman culture/gods/goddesses/religion is VERY VERY VERY interesting!!!!!! thanks for sharing this with every one I'm sure they enjoyed and learned a lot!!!! ^-^
  • Beccy 2011/05/23 23:54:41
    People only see what they are prepared to see
    Beccy
    +1
    Thank you for sharing this brilliant post. Once more you did a great job
  • ShinyUmbreon01 2011/05/23 23:01:30 (edited)
    Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.” – “Called or not called, the goddess ...
    ShinyUmbreon01
    +1
    Nemesis has always been a very interesting Goddess to me. ^^
  • Tired BN-0 2011/05/23 22:56:26
    Religion is about creation, and for that reason religion should be about the ...
    Tired BN-0
    As above, so below!
  • Alex Catgirl 2011/05/23 22:49:27
    Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.” – “Called or not called, the goddess ...
    Alex Catgirl
    <---- Reigning Goddess of Retribution
  • darwolf 2011/05/23 22:28:08
    When nothing is sure, everything is possible
    darwolf
    +3
    Thanks for doing this one. I've read about Nemesis for years now. She one of favorites 1 i love strong women and 2 she kinda stood for law and order.
    1 love strong women 2 kinda stood law order Nemesis Greek Goddess

    It's kinda cool they found a temple of hers in Turkey because that's where they found some graves of warrior women that could have been the legendary Amazons.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... darwolf 2011/05/23 22:40:28
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    I think the Song i picked is perfect its about getting Revenge
  • darwolf ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2011/05/23 22:45:30
    darwolf
    +1
    Yes it is. And the Supernatural video goes along those lines too.
  • RebornRepublicanBigot 2011/05/23 22:14:21
    One mans Myth is another mans Religion
    RebornRepublicanBigot
    +1
    NEMESIS MOTHER OF HELENE OF TROY

    Stasinus of Cyprus or Hegesias of Aegina, Cypria Fragment 8 (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th or C6th B.C.) :
    "Rich-haired Nemesis gave birth to her [Helene] when she had been joined in love with Zeus the king of the gods by harsh violence. "

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  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... RebornR... 2011/05/23 22:20:07
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    But some say that Helen was a daughter of Nemesis and Zeus; for that she, flying from the arms of Zeus, changed herself into a goose, but Zeus in his turn took the likeness of a swan and so enjoyed her; and as the fruit of their loves she laid an egg, and a certain shepherd found it in the groves and brought and gave it to Leda; and she put it in a chest and kept it; and when Helen was hatched in due time, Leda brought her up as her own daughter.
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  • RebornR... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2011/05/23 22:23:32
    RebornRepublicanBigot
    +1
    Greek Gods would be an amazing day time soap opera or weekend dramady. So much sex and betrayal.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... RebornR... 2011/05/23 22:27:32
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    better than TV next on Greek Gods secrets
    does Zeus have 20 more kids Hera is unaware stay tuned after this commerical break
    shes not so innocent herself she banged many a mortal too

    The Strange part is the Greek Gods are jealous and petty over sexuality

    but the Viking and Celt Pagan Gods were ten times more sexual active in mythogoly but they werent Petty like the Greeks were
  • Tau_Seti 2011/05/23 22:08:29

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