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Author Topic: Hecate in Britain?  (Read 1081 times)

Breeze

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Hecate in Britain?
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:34:47 pm »
So I was perusing the interwebs earlier and came across a bit of information I'd never heard before.  The site gave no source material and I'm just wondering if anybody else has heard of this before:

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In the modern world we like to divide things up into neat boxes ~ Greek gods in one corner, Norse in another, Chinese in yet another, etc. The ancient world was somewhat messier. The Anatolians had a goddess called Akta, whom the Greeks so admired they took to worshipping her, pronouncing the name as Hecate. The Romans were so impressed they built temples to her in Rome. As their empire spread, so temples to Hecate were built in all sorts of countries. Centuries later, bishops in Britain moaned about peasants worshipping Hecate. These days Hecate is worshipped in London, Athens, Paris, New York, Sydney, etc. We call her a Greek goddess, yet she was worshipped before the Greeks knew of her, and these days is honoured by every nationality going, in nearly all parts of the world. In what sense is she exclusively Greek? In what sense can any deity be said to have a nationality?


So was Hecate worshipped/known in Britain?  The site that said this is http://druidnetwork.org/learning/courses/online/polytheist/three.

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Re: Hecate in Britain?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 07:42:34 am »
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So was Hecate worshipped/known in Britain?

 
Probably, given all the Romans there. But references to Hecate by later churchmen in Britain are probably not about Hecate per se. They would use the name Hecate to refer to any fairy queen/underworld goddess figure. In Scotland, for instance, the fairy queen Nicnevin was sometimes referred to as Hecate by folks with a classical education.

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Re: Hecate in Britain?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 02:13:59 pm »
Quote from: Breeze;107090
So I was perusing the interwebs earlier and came across a bit of information I'd never heard before.  The site gave no source material and I'm just wondering if anybody else has heard of this before:



So was Hecate worshipped/known in Britain?  The site that said this is http://druidnetwork.org/learning/courses/online/polytheist/three.

 
No archaeologist has found traces of her cult in Britain so far, that I've heard. From what I have read, churchmen were bemoaning devil worship, not Hecate. I would say the author of the article needs to provide some sources for the information.

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