Origins: Italy

The Parcae are the Italian Fates. Their name derives from the Latin root Parere, “to bear” or “to give birth.” They are spinning goddesses comparable to Moirae or Norns. Originally there were only two Parcae, Decuma and Nona. Later, to correspond with the prototype of the Greek Moirae, they became a triad with the addition of Morta. The Parcae include:

• Nona, who rules the nine months of pregnancy

• Decuma, who rules birth

• Morta, who rules death



Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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