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Minoan Gods and Goddesses: The Collection

It occurs to me that in the nearly four years that I've been writing this blog (!) I've created quite a collection of posts about the individual Minoan deities, the gods and goddesses that make up this fascinating pantheon. So you don't have to go scrambling back through the archives to find them all, I've collected them up here. I did recently post a "whole pantheon" list here that's pretty comprehensive - all the deities we work with in Modern Minoan Paganism. But you might want to know a little more detail about individual gods and goddesses. So here you go:

The Minoan Earth Mother Goddess Rhea whom some of us also call Ida

The Minoan Sun/Fire Goddess Therasia whom some of us also call Kalliste

The Minoan Sea Goddess Posidaeja whom some of us also call Thalassa

These three goddesses make up the triplicity we've come to call the Three Great Mothers or simply the Three. They represent the realms of land, sea, and sky, the three material facets of life on Earth.

There are gods as well as goddesses within the Minoan pantheon. At the top of the list is Dionysus, the ecstatic/shamanic god of the vine. I have a deep personal relationship with him and have written about him several times:

Meet the Minoans: Dionysus

Christmas with Dionysus

The Many Faces of Minoan Dionysus

Zagreus is another shamanic god who may be one of Dionysus' many guises.

The Minoan midwife-goddess Eileithyia is not as well known as some of the other members of the pantheon, but she has a vital role to play in the lives of deities and humans alike.

Then we come to Minos, who wasn't a king (though that's how the Greeks told the story later on) but a Minoan god.

The goat-goddess Amalthea suckled the infant Dionysus and gave us her ever-abundant cornucopia.

Some of us who practice Modern Minoan Paganism work with the Fate goddess, who goes by many different names.

The Melissae are shamanic bee-spirit goddesses associated with the dead and the Underworld (and honey!)

Aphrodite may even have had a counterpart in Minoan Crete.

So there you go, a peek into the large and complicated Minoan pantheon. It's very difficult to neatly slot the Minoan gods and goddesses into a human-style family tree so generally, we don't even try. They have their own relationships among themselves and, being gods, they aren't confined to the kinds of connections we humans have.

In the name of the bee,

And of the butterfly,

And of the breeze, amen!

 

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I'm an artist, writer, and lover of all things ancient and mysterious. The Minoans of Bronze Age Crete have been a particular passion of mine since a fateful art history class introduced me to the frescoes of Knossos back in high school. My first book was published in 2001; one of my most recent works is Labrys and Horns: An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism. I've also created a Minoan Tarot deck and a Minoan coloring book. When I'm not busy drawing and writing, I enjoy gardening and giving living history demonstrations at local historic sites.

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