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HARPIES
Also known as HARPYIAI, HARPYIA

Nasty Nasty Nasty!

These are demonic winged women with beaks and claws, into punishment, torture and death. Starting off as stormy Tornado Goddesses, they were originally fair-haired and beautiful, but soon realized this did not really project the right image. One quick makeover and they became screechy, scratchy, vicious and downright unsavory in every way.

The daughters of THAUMAS and ELECTRA, their names are AELLO, CELAENO and OCYPETE (but see AELLO's entry for a possible fourth Harpy). They are mentioned in many tales as snatchers and grabbers of people, and so far only the BOREADS have ever managed to get the better of them.

The HARPIES can fly at the speed of sound, and one of their favorite tricks is to defecate upon the unworthy from a great height. It's not airplane toilets you should blame when frozen lumps of crap fall out of the sky.

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Article last updated on 25 March 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT HARPIES : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : HARPIES
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : Demon
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HARPYIAI, HARPYIA
Popularity index : 2131

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