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Iris the Goddess of the Rainbow
PARENTS AND RELATIVES:
Iris is the daughter of the Titan Thaumas and the nymph Electra. Thaumas means 'wonder' and he is a Greek sea god. He is also the son of Pontus and Gaia, Mother Earth. Thaumas had also fathered the Harpies. Harpies are loathsome, winged female creatures. She one day saved her siblings from death when she pleaded with Calais and Zetes, who are the winged sons of the North Wind, to let them go if they never bothered Phineus, a blind seer.
Iris is the goddess of Rainbows, but is also a messanger of the gods. She delivers sacred water of Styx. If the gods or goddess and is untrue, there will lose their breath for a year. They will also never be able to taste Ambrosia and Nectar. They also lie spiritless and voiceless for the entire year. Even when that year is done they will be kicked off the god's nine years. They will not be able to feast and join the council again till the tenth year.
Iris also deliveres the unfortunate news that Ceyx's wife, Alcyone, that Ceyx had dies. Iris went to Hypnos the god of sleep and asked him to make a statue in the form of Ceyx. Iris delivered the statue and the news of her husbands death to Alcyone.
OTHER THINGS ABOUT IRIS:
Iris is seen as the goddess of the Rainbows and a messenger of the gods. When in draw, she is seen with a wand, which means messenger, and with wings. Her symbol is a rainbow. Some people say that Iris used her rainbow as passage ways to where her messeges were going. She is seen in a gown with all the colors of the rainbow.
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