The Machai (or Makhai) (Greek: Μάχαι; singular: Μάχη Machê or Makhê; "battles"), also known as Machae were the daemons (spirits) of battle and combat, often considered as demons or gods, and were sons or daughters of Eris. The Makhai are siblings to other macabre beings, among them are the Hysminai, the Androktasiai, and the Phonoi.
The Makhai were accompanied in battlefields by other deities and spirits associated with war and death, such as Ares, Phobos, Deimos, the Keres, Polemos, Enyo, and their mother Eris the goddess of discord.
Been an offspring of Eris and been absent of a father, the Makhai are siblings of the Ponos (Toil), the Lethe (Forgetfulness), the Limos (Starvation), the Algea (Pains), the Hysminai (Fightings), the Phonoi (Murders) and the Androktasiai (Manslaughters), the Neikea (Quarrels), the Pseudo-Logoi (Lies), the Amphilogiai (Disputes), and Dysnomia (Lawlessness) and Ate (Ruin), who share one another's natures, and Horkos (Oath).
In Popular Culture
- The Makhai appear in the 2012 film Wrath of the Titans. In the film, the Makhai are depicted as double torsoed (or double-bodied), sword wielding beings of battle, minions to the previously dead titan Kronos.
Hesiod, Theogony 226 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.): "But abhorred Eris (Strife) bare painful Ponos (Toil), and Lethe (Forgetfulness), and Limos (Starvation), and the Algea (Pains), full of weeping, the Hysminai (Fightings) and the Makhai (Battles), the Phonoi (Murders) and the Androktasiai (Manslaughters), the Neikea (Quarrels), the Pseudo-Logoi (Lies), the Amphilogiai (Disputes), and Dysnomia (Lawlessness) and Ate (Ruin), who share one another's natures, and Horkos (Oath)."
- ↑ Hesiod, Theogony - Greek Epic C8th-7th B.C
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