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Goddess of Rage, Frenzy, and Rabies

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LYSSA (Λύσσα) is the goddess or daimona (spirit) of rage, fury, raging madness, frenzy, and, in animals, of the madness of rabies. The Athenians spelt her name Lytta. It was her who struck Heracles with a fit of madness during which he killed his wife, Megara, and their children.

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

–Aristotle

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History and Myths

Lyssa was a figure of Athenian tragedy. In Euripides she is sent by Hera to inflict Heracles with madness. Greek vase-paintings of the period also confirm her appearance in plays about Actaeon, the hunter torn apart by his madenned hounds. In this scene she appears a women dressed in a short skirt, and crowned with a dog's-head cap to represent the madness of rabies.

Hera asked Lyssa to take command of the hero Heracles and overpower him with madness. Lyssa initially said that she was not fond of visiting the homes of men, nor use her powers to turn friends against each other. She unsuccessfully tried to give the task to Iris, so she had no choice but to fulfill the command of Hera. She sent Heracles into a fit of madness, during which he killed his wife Megara and his children.

Another myth in which Lyssa participated was that of the hunter Actaeon. While hunting in the woods with his dogs, he came across the goddess Artemis, who was bathing naked in a lake. Artemis spotted him and, enraged, she turned him into a stag. Lyssa then inflicted rabies on his dogs and tore him apart.

Lyssa was closely related to the Maniai, the goddesses of mania and madness. Her Roman equivalent was variously named as Ira, Furor or Rabies. Sometimes she was multiplied into a host of Irae and Furores.

Vital Statistics

Titles

Goddess of Rage
Goddess of Frenzy
Goddess of Madness
Goddess of Rabies
Daimona of Madness

Gender

Female

Status

Immortal

Species

Daimona / Goddess

Affiliation

Nyx

Weapon

N/A

Home

Nyx's Palace, Tartarus

Roman Form

Ira, Furor or Rabies

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Erebos

Mother

Spouse(s)

N/A

Siblings

Hemera, Elpis Sophrosyne, Eleos, Apate, Styx, Nemesis, Oizys, Philotes, The Furies, The Keres, & the Arai [ Sisters ]
Momus, Aether, Hypnos, Thanatos, Geras, Charon, Epiphiron, Dolos, Moros & Ponos [ Brothers ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

N/A

Lover(s)

N/A

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Madness / Rage / Fury / Frenzy / Rabies

Symbols

N/A

Sacred Animals

Dog

Sacred Plants

N/A

Assumed Powers

  • Possesses the natural abilities of a goddess.
    • Immortality
    • Omnipotence
  • Agressiokinesis
    • Ability to manipulate emotions such as anger and wrath.
      • Anger Absorption
      • Anger Augmentation
      • Anger Constructs
      • Anger Empowerment
      • Anger Inducement
      • Anger Negation
      • Rage Form
      • Wrath Aura
  • Rabies Inducement
  • Zoopathy
    • Dogs
    • Rabid Animals
  • Animal Morphing
    • Dogs

Trivia

Trivia

God/Goddess of the Month Awards

N/A

References

References

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