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Goddess Hecate
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HEKATE (or Hecate) was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea.

Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion became she Persephone?s minister and companion in Haides.

Two metamorphosis myths describe the origins of her animal familiars: the black she-dog and the polecat (a mustelid house pet kept to hunt vermin). The bitch was originally the Trojan Queen Hekabe, who leapt into the sea after the fall of Troy and was transformed by the goddess into her familiar. The polecat was originally the witch Gale who was transformed into the beast to punish her for her incontinence. Other say it was Galinthias, the nurse of Alkmene, transformed by the angry Eileithyia, but received by Hekate as her animal.

Hekate was usually depicted in Greek vase painting as a woman holding twin torches. Sometimes she was dressed in a knee-length maiden?s skirt and hunting boots, much like Artemis. In statuary Hekate was often depicted in triple form as a goddess of crossroads.

Hekate was identified with a number of other goddesses, including Artemis and Selene (Moon), the Arkadian Despoine, the sea-goddess Krataeis, the goddess of the Taurian Khersonese (of Skythia), the Kolkhian Perseis, and Argive Iphigeneia, the Thracian goddesses Bendis and Kotys, Euboian Maira (the dog-star), Eleusinian Daeira and the Boiotian Nymphe Herkyna.
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Re: Goddess Hecate
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And star jean
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Re: Goddess Hecate
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This was the exact as http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html

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Re: Goddess Hecate
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If you're going to cut and paste information that you did not write do be sure to put a link to where you got it from.

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Re: Goddess Hecate
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Actually Hekate is the Titaness of Childbirth, Midwives and Protection from Witchcraft, she is seen as the lady at the Crossroads in Hades (The Underworld) her job is to send people to their correct places after they arrive from Charon the Ferryman.
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Re: Goddess Hecate
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This thread has been moved to Other Paths from General Info.
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