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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Harvest Gods -- Saturn

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Roman God Saturn was an ancient god of fertility. He was known as the Protector and Sower of the Seed. In pictures he is portrayed as having a sickle in his left hand and a sheaf of wheat in his right.
His wife was Rhea or Ops who was the goddess of plenty and the patroness of riches, abundance, and prosperity both personal and national. Together they insured a bountiful harvest for the land.
He was honored at a harvest-home or winter solstice celebration marked by carnival, exchange of gifts, feasting, license and misrule, and a cessation of all public works.
At which the God was slain in surrogate to represent his travel to the Underworld and merger with his opposite self.

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