Tag: Tanit

In Praise of Juno

Every woman has her ‘juno’.  Guiding spirit, higher self, female genius, call her what you will, according to Roman belief we all have one, just as every man has his ‘genius’.  Whatever the social, political and domestic restrictions imposed by patriarchal Rome upon its women, here was something no husband, father or master could deny: a little piece of the Celestial Goddess, the Saviour, Mother and Queen of Rome, resided in every woman, slave and free, as a guide and companion through life.

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In Praise of Tanit

Tanit, chief deity of the Phoenician colony of Carthage, is a Goddess surrounded by speculation and controversy.  For one thing, there are widely differing theories as to the meaning of her name: is it of Berber or Semitic origin?  If the latter, does it arise from the root for ‘serpent’, ‘lament’, or ‘count/assign’? Is it merely co-incidental that Ta-nit means ‘Land of Neith’ in Egyptian?

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