The first goddess we will look at is Adikia, the goddess of injustice. She is depicted as an ugly figure on the Kypselos Chest. In this depiction Adikia is being throttled by Dike, the goddess of Justice. In Description of Greece by Pausanias, a description of this image on the Kpselos Chest goes as follows “A beautiful woman is punishing an ugly one, choking her with one hand and with the other striking her with a staff. It is Dike who thus treats Adikika.” In some depictions, Dike is throttling Adikia with a club and Adikia is portrayed as a barbarian woman with tattoos.
I find it interesting that one of the resources I looked at calls Adikia a goddess whereas Theoi.com lists her as the spirit of injustice. Both resources list Dike as a goddess. Personally, I find that fascinating that one can be considered a spirit and the other a Goddess. Not that we are for injustice here, but the thought of the opposites not being equal is a fascinating thought nonetheless.
Here is an image of Dike throttling Adikia.
Ok, gang. It is now your turn. Discuss. Share. Do you think Adikia is a goddess or a spirit? Is her presence being felt in the world or not? Is she just a thought form or does she truly exist? Can you give real world examples of where Adikia has been present?
1. Description of Greece by Pausanias
3. Encyclopedia of the Gods by Michael Jordan