In Greek mythology, a harpy (Greek: ἅñðõéá, harpyia; Latin: harpeia) was one of the winged spirits best known for constantly stealing all food from Phineus. The literal meaning of the word seems to be "that which snatches" as it comes from the ancient Greek word harpazein (ἁñðÜæåéí), which means "to snatch".
Irene Culture: Greek Attribute: Celestial Behaviour: Friendly Common Type: Fairies and Nymphs
Irene is a Nymph who is a part of group of Nymphs that control the seasons known as the Horae. The Horae were originally known to be personifications of the different seasons of nature but later they became goddesses in their own right. The Horae were traditionally see at the gates of Olympus and functioned to increase the fertility of the Earth. Irene in particular is known as ‘Peace.’ and is thus the personification or goddess of peace and wealth. In later paintings she is depicted as a young and beautiful woman holding a cornucopia, scepter and a torch or rhyton. Statues of Irene show her holding an infant Pluotos who was the personification of wealth. The Roman equivalent of Irene is Pax. Her sisters were Eunomia (Order or Good-Pasture) and Dike (Justice).
The term is used variously by different writers on Breton folklore. Théodore de Villemarqué in Barzaz Breiz uses the term interchangeably with "fairy" and distinguishes them from dwarves ("nains"). In contrast Walter Evans-Wentz in The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries argued that in the mythology of Morbihan there is no clear distinction between korrigans and nains, "Very often corrigans regarded as nains, equally with all kinds of lutins, are believed to be evil spirits or demons condemned to live here on earth in a penitential state for an indefinite time." They like to dance around fountains. However, they give themselves away when they cannot enumerate the full list of the days of the week (because of the sacredness of the full week).