Charites; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Charites (Χάρις, charis) of Greek mythology; Sanskrit harits, haritas (‘green’).—In the Rig-veda the horses, or rather mares, of the sun, seven or ten in number, and typical of his rays. “The prototype of the Grecian Charite”.—Max Müller.

(Source): A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion Geography, History and Literature

In the Veda, as in Greek poetry, Sûrya has a chariot, drawn by one or seven horses, the seven Harits, or bright horses, in which, in spite of all differences, we have to recognize the prototype of the Greek Charites. He is called the face of the gods and the eye of other more personal gods, such as Mitra, Varuna, and Agni. When he unharnesses his horses, the night spreads out her vesture.

(Source): Origin And Growth Of Religion (1898): The sun in his natural aspects

Thus the Harits became the immortal steeds who bear the chariot of Indra across the sky and the car of Archilleus over the plains of Ilion. The Greek carried away the name at an earlier stage; and the Charites, retaining simply the qualities of grace and brightness, became the lovely beings who, with Himeros and the Muses, charm earth and heaven with their song.

(Source): The mythology of the Aryan nations: The relation of mythology to language

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