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MAKARIA
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μακαρια Makaria Macaria Blessed (makar)

MAKARIA (or Macaria) was the goddess of (blessed) death, a minion of her parents Haides and Persephone.

She may have been a more merciful counterpart of the death-god Thanatos; or was perhaps somehow connected with the passage of souls to the Nesoi Makarioi (Islands of the Blest).

PARENTS
HAIDES (Suidas 'Makaria')

Suidas s.v. Makariai (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.) :
"Makaria (Blessed). Death. A daughter of Haides. And a proverb : `Go to blessedness', instead of go to misery and utter destruction. Or `Go to blessedness' is said by euphemism. Since even the dead are called 'blessed ones."


Sources:

  • Suidas, Lexicon - Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.