Fate and des­tiny

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - INSIGHT - By ELLEN WHYTE

Let’s go back to the fu­ture with these won­der­ful sto­ries be­hind the phrases be­low. To tempt fate To do some­thing that might land you in trou­ble. IN an­cient Greece it was be­lieved that three god­desses called the Moirae or Fates con­trolled hu­man des­tiny. The Fates were wool spin­ners. Clotho spun the thread of life and de­cided where peo­ple were born and into what fam­ily. Lach­esis mea­sured the thread, and there­fore the length of a per­son’s life. She also de­ter­mined a per­son’s des­tiny. Atro­pos de­cided on the man­ner of death and cut the thread.

In some sto­ries the Fates were ca­joled or tricked into mak­ing changes – for the bet­ter or worse!

Ex­am­ple: An­gus tempted fate by driv­ing home with­out a mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met.

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