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Mater Matuta

Mater Matuta As Dumézil has shown (1974: 66 f.), this is the meaning of the curious Roman ritual of the Mater Matuta, in which matrons pamper their nephews and drive out a servant-girl, in the image of the good Dawn who guides the first steps of her sister Night¹s son, the sun, after driving out demonic Darkness. We shall see below that it is here a question not of daily but of annual Dawn. Daily Dawn is at the base of only a part of the mythology surrounding the various Dawn-goddesses, especially those who bear another name, such as the Greek Aphrodite and her corresponding heroin Helen.http://es.geocities.com/sucellus24/2093.htm Mater Matuta, Goddess of the dawn, the sky and seafaring Roman
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