Melinoe : Goddess of Ghosts and Nightmares
Name meaning: Dark Minded
Goddess of Ghosts
Parents: Zeus and Persephone
Mentioned in Orphic Hymns (Greek Hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.)
“I call, Melinoe, saffron veiled, terrene, who from Phersephone dread venerable queen, mit with Zeus Kronion, arose, near where Kokytos’ mournful river flows…”
Emblems and articles: Nothing specific but skulls, bones, snakes, ravens and ghosts are associated with her in depictions
Sacred Animals: Howling dogs
Siblings: Makaria, Zagreus
Melinoe is a Greek goddess of the Underworld who presides over offerings to the ghosts of the dead. She’s described as a two-sided being with black limbs on one side and white on the other to represent both her heavenly and chthonic origins. Melinoe walks the earth at night, followed by ghosts of the dead, frightening humans with nightmares and terrors while they sleep.
Your creepy bit of history – Legend has it, that when you here dogs howling and barking at seemingly nothing at night, it is because of Melinoe.
His role in the Tides of Atlantis world:
Melinoe first appears to Cindy in Moontide when a water veil is opened to the Underworld by some spelled seashells.
Scene from Moontide where the goddess is mentioned:
“The shell must have been enchanted. It opened a water veil, a gateway into another realm.”
“Who… what was that thing that grabbed me, it looked just like Kay at first, but then it wasn’t.”
All things considered, he thought she was taking this rather well. Her need for answers proved that she had strength, despite how terrifying this all must be for her.
“That wasn’t your friend, cara,” Ronan explained. “She may have been here at some point, but I’m sorry to say that she’s probably long gone by now.”
Cindy started to shake her head at his words, but he went on.
“What you saw was part desire and part underworld evil. You want to find your friend. The creature pulled that desire from you to create half of her likeness while the other half was pure demon. As I said, it was a trick. The one you met in the water veil is called Melinoe, a demoness who lures the hopeful into the underworld, then sends a malevolent spirit in their place.”