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diana (god/goddess challenge #2)

Mlle. Chenal, a file from the amazing library of congress and Rockhampton's botanical gardens.

If I want to do things like this, I need to learn how to use the PS. And I have been saying the same for ages, and I dont sit and read...

 

This is for Brendan's crazy challenge of gods/goddesses.

  

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Diana, my favourite from the roman deities.

 

The Goddess Diana was the Roman counterpart of the Greek virgin goddess Artemis, daughter of the god Zeus and Leto, daughter of a Titan.

 

In Roman mythology Diana, goddess of the moon and of the hunt, twin sister of Apollo was essentially a goddess of the woodlands, her sanctuaries were commonly in groves, indeed every grove was sacred to her. She was chief hunter to the gods also the goddess of nature, and of the harvest. the guardian of springs and streams and the protector of wild animals

 

In art she is typically shown as a young hunter, usually carrying a bow and arrows, like her brother Apollo. She would use her bow and arrows to punish mortals who angered her.

 

Diana, like the Greek Artemis, with whom she was constantly identified, may be described as a goddess of nature in general and of fertility in particular. She was especially revered by women, and was believed to grant an easy childbirth to her favourites.

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Taken on April 11, 2010