Goddess Hannahanna  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"AMONG THE HITTITES, HANNAHANNA" WAS THE GREAT MOTHER AND BIRTH GODDESS. THE WORD HANNA MEANS GRANDMOTHER. SHE WAS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH BIRTH, CREATION, AND DESTINY AS WELL AS MANY MOUNTAINS, RIVERS, SPRINGS, AND SPIRITS OF THE PAST WHO BECOME GODS AFTER THEIR DEATH. SHE WAS THE "QUEEN OF HEAVEN" AND THE "MOTHER OF ALL," THE "HOLY GRANDMOTHER" WHO BRINGS LIFE. IN THE MYTHS, SHE BESTOWS LIFE AND ALSO APPEARS AS THE WISEST OF THE DEITIES, A PERSONAGE TO WHOM THE OTHER GODS TURN IN TIME OF DISASTER. A GODDESS OF WISDOM, IT WAS ALSO SAID THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO FORETELL THE FUTURE.

APPARENTLY LIKE "DEMETER, HANNAHANNA " WOULD DISAPPEAR FOR AWHILE IN A FIT OF ANGER, AND WHILE SHE WAS GONE, CATTLE AND SHEEP WERE STIFLED AND MOTHERS, BOTH HUMAN AND ANIMA, COULD TAKE NO ACCOUNT OF THEIR CHILDREN. IT WAS SAID THAT WHEN SHE WOULD COME UP TO THE SURFACE OF EARTH FROM UNDERGROUND, THE WORLD WOULD COME BACK TO LIFE.

IN HITTITE MYTHOLOGY SHE WAS SERVED BY A BEE. "HANNAHANNA" SENT THE BEE TO FIND THE LOST FERTILITY GOD "TELEPINU "WHO HAD FALLEN INTO A DEEP SLEEP, AND NO ONE KNEW WHERE TO FIND HIM. AND, WHILE HE SLEPT, THE WELLS, RIVERS, AND STREAMS WERE DRYING UP. ALL THE HITTITE GODS HAD FAILED IN THEIR EFFORTS TO FIND "TELEPINU," BUT THE BEE, ALTHOUGH SMALL AND WEAK, WAS SUCCESSFUL IN ITS QUEST, AND THE LAND WAS IMMEDIATELY BLESSED WITH RAIN.

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