From Greek mythology, one of 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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  • CLOTHO — una Parcarum, quas Hesiodus in Theogon. Iovis, et Themidos filias facit, humanae vitae statmina dispensantes; dicta Clotho ὐπὸ τȏυ κλώθειν, quod nere significat. Fingunt enim Poerae hanc colum gestare, et nendo humanae vitae terminum praescribere …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • clotho — ou clothon (klo to ou klo ton) s. f. Terme de mythologie. Celle des trois Parques qui file le fil de la vie des hommes. •   Ensemble nous mourrions en servant vos autels ; Clothon ferait d un coup ce double sacrifice, LA FONT. Phil. et Bauc..… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Clotho [1] — Clotho (Myth.), s. Klotho …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Clotho [2] — Clotho, 1) Gattung der Weberspinnen (s.d.), mit 8 Augen u. 2. längeren oberen Spinnwarzen, dreieckiger Lippe u. fast gleichen Füßen; 2) (C. Faujas), Gattung der Herzmuscheln, gleiche Schalen, fast gleiche Seiten, im Schlosse einen einzigen… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Clotho — CLOTHO, us, Gr. Κλωθὼ, ους, (⇒ Tab. I.) die erste von den dreyen Parcen, welche den Namen nach einigen von κλώζω, ich schreye, hat, und soll daher so viel, als Herausrufung heißen, Fulgent Mythol. lib. I. c. 7. welche Ableitung aber billigst… …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • Clotho — Clotho,   Klotho, griechisch Klotho, griechischer Mythos: eine der Moiren (Moira) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Clotho — [klō′thō] n. [L < Gr Klōthō < klōthein, to spin < IE base * klo > L colus, distaff, Gr klōstēr, spindle] Gr. & Rom. Myth. that one of the three Fates who spins the thread of human life …   English World dictionary

  • Clotho — For the town in California, see Clotho, California. For other uses, see Klotho (disambiguation). Clotho (Greek: Κλωθώ) is one of the Three Fates or Moirae, in ancient Greek mythology. Her Roman equivalent is Nona. Clotho was responsible for… …   Wikipedia

  • Clotho — Moires Pour les articles homonymes, voir Moires (homonymie). Le Triomphe de la mort ou les Trois Destinées …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Clotho — /kloh thoh/, n. Class. Myth. the Fate who spins the thread of life. [ < L < Gk Klothó lit., Spinner, equiv. to klóth(ein) to spin + o suffix used in fem. names] * * * …   Universalium

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