Goddess Angerona  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"ANGERONA" WAS AN OLD ROMAN GODDESS OF DEATH, THE "WINTER SOLSTICE", AND SECRECY. IN HER EARLIEST FORM SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF WINTER. SHE WAS THE PROTECTING GODDESS OF ROME AND THE SECRET KEEPER OF THE SACRED NAME OF THE CITY. DURING THE ANCIENT TIMES, NAMES WERE CONSIDERED VERY POWERFUL, AND OFTEN PEOPLE'S NAME AND THE NAMES OF COMMUNITIES WERE NOT REAL AT ALL. IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS THAT IT IS CONSIDERED LIKELY THAT THE CULT OF ANGERONA PROTECTED THE SECRET NAME OF ROME.

There are many conflicting stories about this Goddess, but most agree that at some point She was also a Goddess of fear and apprehension. She is depicted with a finger sealing Her mouth in explanation of which it was said that secrecy and silence were the best remedy for fear and apprehension. According to others, She was a Goddess who relieved men from pain and sorrow. Her statue stood in Rome on the altar of "Volupia", the Goddess of pleasure, by whom She was ruled.

THE ROMAN PEOPLE CELEBRATED HER ON DECEMBER 21ST, THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER AT A FESTIVAL THEY CALLED "DIVALIA". IT WAS ON THIS DAY THAT THE PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT SHE BROUGHT BACK THE SUN, FOR AFTER THIS DAY, THE DAYLIGHT HOURS BEGAN TO INCREASE.

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