The mention of Bacchic sister triads in my piece On the Orgia reminded me of another example, albeit with an Apollonian twist:
Later, when the Samians were oppressed with the tyranny of Polycrates, Pythagoras saw that life in such a state was unsuitable for a philosopher, and so planned to travel to Italy. At Delphi he inscribed an elegy on the tomb of Apollon, declaring that Apollon was the son of Silenos, but was slain by Pytho, and buried in the place called Triops, so named from the local mourning for Apollo by the three daughters of Triopas. (Porphyry, Life of Pythagoras 16)
For those who have eyes to see that obscure and oft overlooked passage contains a metric shit ton of significance. (Especially for those familiar with the bull-wolf-dragon and Black Sun mysteries of the Starry Bull tradition.)
Oh, and by the by – Triopas means “he who has three eyes” (from τρι- “three” + -ωπ- “see”) though the ending -ωψ, -οπος suggests a Pre-Greek origin.
You know what that reminds me of? No, not the tricephalous Giant from the Golden Horns of Gallehus, nor the Avestan Tištrya – though I can totally see why one’s mind might go there. I’m thinking about the three sisters from White-Bear King Valemon and the Black Bull of Norroway, which naturally makes one recall Vǫlundr and the Bear in Norse Tradition.
Circles, man. Fucking circles.