Goddess Anna Perenna  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"ANNA PERENNA, "THE GRANDMOTHER OF TIME AND FERTILITY, IS A VERY ANCIENT ROMAN FERTILITY GODDESS WHO WAS WORSHIPPED IN THE SACRED WOODS IN NORTHERN ROME. SHE WAS THE OLD CRONE DEITY OF THE YEARLY CYCLE. HER NAME MEANS "TO LIVE THROUGH THE YEAR "(ANNA) AND" LASTS MANY YEARS" (PERENNA), STILL SEEN IN THE ENGLISH WORDS ANNUAL AND PERENNIAL. SHE RULES THE CYCLES OF LONGEVITY AND RENEWAL, AND WAS THE DEITY WHO BROUGHT ABUNDANCE AND PLENTY TO HER PEOPLE.

SHE WAS DEPICTED AS AN OLD WOMAN AND HONORED ON THE "IDES OF MARCH", A CRONE GODDESS WHO WAS ALWAYS DEPICTED WITH GRAY HAIR, A WRINKLED FACE, AND A STOOPED BACK. SHE WORE A TRAVELING CAPE AND CARRIED WITH HER A BASKETS STUFFED WITH FOOD. "ANNA PERENNA" WAS THE GODDESS WHO LIKED BRINGING THE SWEETHEARTS TOGETHER. HER RITUALS WERE THEIR KISSES AND THEIR DANCES.

ON THE DAY SACRED TO HER, FAMILIES GATHERED THEIR OWN BASKETS OF FOOD, PITCHED TENTS, AND LAID BLANKETS. CHILDREN PLAYED GAMES AND YOUNG COUPLES COURTED EACH OTHER. EVERYONE ATE AND DRANK THEIR FILL. IT WAS A JOYOUS DAY FILLED WITH A GREAT DEAL OF DRINKING, DANCING, AND PARTYING. THE IDEA WAS TO DRINK AS MANY CUPS OF WINE TO "ANNA "AS YOU WISHED TO LIVE. AT SUNDOWN, EVERYONE GATHERED THEIR BELONGINGS AND STREAMED BACK INTO THE CITY IN AN INFORMAL PROCESSION, SINGING SONGS OF PRAISE TO "ANNA PERENNA. "

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