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Mistress Hecate

"Hekate was never incorporated among the Olympian gods. She remained a goddess of women's religion, a help in childbirth. In late imagery she also has two ghostly dogs as servants by her side. In the magical papyri of Ptolemaic Egypt, she is called the Bitch and the She-Wolf, and her presence is signified by the barking of dogs."

"Hecate, also called Agriope ('savage face'), was the daughter of the Titan Perses and of Asteria, although sometimes it is said that Zeus himself fathered her, and she is the mother of Scylla. It is thought that she was also known as the dark side of the goddesses, Artemis, Selene, or Diana. She was said to have three faces, symbolizing her power over the underworld, earth, and air, thus she is sometimes depicted with a three heads, that of a dog, a horse, and a lion. Sometimes she is also portrayed with a torch or with a back of hounds. She was only worshipped at night by torchlight and dogs and black lambs were sacrificed to her."

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  • Greek Mythology
  • Dec 25, 2004
  • English

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