Melinoe (Μελινοε in Ancient Greek) is the Greek goddess of ghosts, sometimes confused with Hecate. She wandered the earth every night with a train of ghosts, scaring anyone in their path. This was said to be the reason why dogs bark at nothing at night. She is the daughter of Hades and Persephone.
Melinoe is an unusual goddess, and her appearance is frightening. Her left side is black and hardened like a mummy, to represent her father, the dark god of the Underworld, Hades. Her right side is pale and chalky as if she were drained of all her blood, to show the bright Persephone, her mother. She wears a golden dress and a golden shawl, and her eyes are empty black voids. However, seeing her in this form is unlikely, as, being the goddess of ghosts, she can appear as whomever she wants, haunting people in their nightmares and in person if ever directly confronted. The illusion is so strong that even when normal, her immediate victims still see her as the ghost.
Melinoe has become dissatisfied with Hades' rule over the Underworld, and the fact she cannot haunt the mortals of the human world by day. She fought on Kronos' side during the Second Olympian War, as she is promised that she will be able to haunt whenever she wants. Her darkened personality could have been brought on by the bitterness of her parents seeming to not take much interest in her. This could have also prompted her switching of sides.but after that she became angrey with kronos so she switched to hades side.
Melinoe can take on the appearance of dead people in a person's life, using guilt and anger from the person as an ally or as an advantage in battle. She then uses this to destroy them.
- Her name means "Dark Thought" in Greek.
- According to two hymns from the Sibyllines, Melinoe was the daughter of Hades and Persephone.
- In the Orphics, the title Zeus Kronion was a title that not only applied to Zeus, but to Hades as well. According to the Orphic Mysteries, Plouton, the God of Wealth and Fertility, was regarded as being a seperate deity to Hades and was believed to be a lover of Persephone, whereas Hades, King of the Underworld and Persephone's husband, was just an incarnation of Zeus ruling over the Underworld, the Orphic Hymn to Melinoe is very careful to point out that this occurs on the River Cocytus upon the sacred bed of Zeus Kronion, but the earlier Eleusian Mysteries point out that Hades and Plouton were the same god. Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion tricking Persephone by disguising as Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphics. Hence Melinoe's true parentage regards her as the daughter of Hades, instead of being a daughter of Zeus.