Britomartis  

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"BRITOMARTIS "WAS THE MINOAN GODDESS OF THE MOUNTAINS, SEAS, AND HUNTING. SHE IS ALSO THE GODDESS ASSOCIATED WITH ANIMALS, TRANSFORMATION, REGENERATION, AND BIRTH. HER NAME MEANS "SWEET MAIDEN." BRITOMARTIS IS A VERY ANCIENT GODDESS. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ZEUS AND CARME, A CRETAN DEMI-GODDESS OF THE HARVEST. BRITOMARTIS WAS A HUNTRESS AND A COMPANION OF ARTEMIS, AND, JUST AS ALL OF THE REST OF ARTEMIS' COMPANIONS, BRITOMARTIS WAS A VIRGIN. SHE HAD NO RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEN. SHE WAS NOT ALWAYS A GODDESS; AT ONE POINT, SHE WAS A NYMPH.

ONE DAY MINOS, THE KING OF CRETE CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF THE BEAUTIFUL NYMPH AND FELL IN LOVE WITH HER, BUT BRITOMARTIS REFUSED HIM. HE THEN STARTED CHASING HER; HE PURSUED HER THROUGH THE FORESTS, THE MOUNTAINS, THE VALLEYS...FOR NINE MONTHS HE CHASED AFTER HER, BUT SHE ALWAYS MANAGED TO ELUDE HIS GRASP, BUT FINALLY, SHE TIRED AND MINOS HAD HER CORNERED ATOP A STEEP CLIFF WHICH OVERLOOKED THE OCEAN. SHE WAS TRAPPED. SHE KNEW IT AND MINOS KNEW IT, BUT, RATHER THAN GIVE HIM TO HIM, SHE THREW HERSELF OFF THE MOUNTAIN AND FELL INTO THE SEA.

SHE WAS SAVED BY SOME FISHERMEN WHO CAUGHT HER IN THEIR NETS...AND, BECAUSE OF HER DEDICATION TO PROTECTING HER CHASTITY, ARTEMIS GRANTED HER IMMORTALITY...AND WITH HER IMMORALITY, CAME A NEW NAME, DICTYNNA, GODDESS OF THE NETS.

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Tonantzin  

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"Honored grandmother," was among the many names of the female earth-deity.

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