Melinoe

Melinoe is the name of an obscure figure in Greek mythology, portrayed as the daughter of Persephone and Zeus (though in some versions it’s Hades). She is a chthonic goddess or nymph who presided over propitiations offered to the ghosts of the dead. She seems to appear only in the Orphic Mysteries and is depicted as being black on one side and white on the other. Her name is of uncertain meaning though it could be composed of Ancient Greek elements melas (black, dark) and noos, nous (mind; perception, sense) basically meaning “dark minded” or “dark thought”. The first element may also be made up from meilia (propitiation).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Melinoë (Ancient Greek)
  • Meilinoe
  • Milinoe

 

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