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In Greek mythology the Keres were daemons of violent death and disease. They were the sisters of Thanatos (Peaceful death).
The Keres were cravers of blood and feasted upon it after ripping a soul free from the mortally wounded bodies and sending it on their way to Hades. Thousands of Keres haunted the battlefield, fighting amongst themselves like vultures over the dying.

The Keres may have been the evil spirits released from Pandora's jar to plague mankind. Hesiod mentions them indirectly in his account of the episode. He describes these spirits as kakoi (evils), Nosoi (sicknesses and plagues) and Lugra (banes).

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