In Greek mythology the Harpies were the sisters who were the personifications of the storm winds. They had the shape of birds with hideously hag like faces, drooping breasts, and clawed talons. Hesiod says that they are born of Thaumas, grandson of the Earth goddess, Gaia, and the Oceanid Electra. The Harpies are winged, their claws are made for snatching. Harpy means the snatcher. Whatever they touch becomes contaminated. If people where lost at sea, it would be said that the Harpies snatched them away. There enemies where the sons of Boreas, the North wind who finally overcame them.