Greek Goddess Thalia  

Posted by Stella Clark

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I've seen a lot of different ways to pronounce Thalia in my searches, but I'm pretty sure that the one I use is correct. Most of the Greek Goddess names have the emphasis on the second syllable, so I know I have that part right. When spelled as Thaleia (or in Greek), it would have been pronounced tha-LAY-uh in Ancient Greek, although the "ei" is pronounced as EYE in Modern Greek, giving tha-LIE-uh. Disagree? Let me know!

THALIA (pronounced tha-LIE-uh) is the Greek Muse of comedy and rustic poetry. The nine Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and they accompany Apollo in his role as God of the arts. She is usually depicted holding up the comic actor's mask and wearing a wreath of ivy on her head. Sometimes she holds a shepherd's staff, and other times a drum or tambourine--her sons with Apollo, the Korybantes, performed a dance to the beat of drums as part of the Mysteries of Samothrace. Thalia's name, which means "flourishing," is also seen as THALEIA.

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Nehalennia Goddess Of Abundance  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"NEHALENNIA" IS AN ANCIENT FERTILITY GODDESS WHO IS ASSOCIATED WITH ABUNDANCE AND SEA-FARING; SHE IS HONORED IN THE NETHERLANDS. SHE WAS PROBABLY A GODDESS OF ABUNDANCE AND PROTECTION WHO WAS PARTICULARLY REVERED AS THE GODDESS OF SEAFARERS. SHE IS FREQUENTLY PORTRAYED WITH SYMBOLS OF SEA TRAVEL, SUCH AS AN OAR, AS WELL AS SYMBOLS OF ABUNDANCE SUCH AS A CORNUCOPIA OR A BASKET OF FRUITS. SINCE THIS ALSO SYMBOLIZES FERTILITY, IT SUGGESTS THAT SHE MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN A GODDESS OF FERTILITY.

OTHER ASPECTS OF THIS GODDESS ARE THE APPLES SHE HOLDS AND THE DOG IN A PROTECTIVE POSE THAT ALMOST ALWAYS ACCOMPANIES HER. THE DOG AS A SACRED ANIMAL IS ASSOCIATED WITH DIVINATION. IT IS ALSO A CREATURE ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH HUNTING AND THE "OTHERWORLD." THIS SUGGESTS THAT "NEHALENNIA "PRESIDED OVER A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES SUCH AS HEALING, DEATH, AND REBIRTH, AS WELL AS THE SEA, AND WAS POSSIBLY VIEWED AS A PROTECTRESS OF AND GODDESS OF PROSPERITY IN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT.

MANY OF THE SHRINES DEDICATED TO HER WERE ERECTED BY NAVAL TRADERS, PROBABLY AFTER SURVIVAL OF A STORM WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN HER ASSOCIATION WITH NAVAL VESSELS. AT THE TIME THAT SHE WAS WORSHIPED, STONE ALTARS WERE THROWN INTO THE SEA IN HER HONOR.

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