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    She is an obscure goddess whose only reference I can find is in the Byzantine Suda. Macaria is referenced as the daughter of Persephone and Hades. I think she was a minor goddess because the by the time the Suda was written (10th century) the Byzantines were firmly Christian and had no motivation to invent deities.

    http://www.stoa.org/sol-bin/search.p...earchstr=mu,51
    (Katina Ball, January 4th 2004).

    I was wondering if anyone knows how she would have been worshipped, if she would be worshipped at all. I have seen claims made for and against worship of cthlonic deities.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Brunhilda View Post
    She is an obscure goddess whose only reference I can find is in the Byzantine Suda. Macaria is referenced as the daughter of Persephone and Hades. I think she was a minor goddess because the by the time the Suda was written (10th century) the Byzantines were firmly Christian and had no motivation to invent deities.

    http://www.stoa.org/sol-bin/search.p...earchstr=mu,51
    (Katina Ball, January 4th 2004).

    I was wondering if anyone knows how she would have been worshipped, if she would be worshipped at all. I have seen claims made for and against worship of cthlonic deities.
    I am sorry I cannot be more helpful, but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaria should give you a slightly better picture of who or what she was/is.
    I hope this helps.

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    • #3
      Very interesting

      I'm interested see if anyone can come up with anything else on Macaria, because I'm not finding anything more than you guys are.

      The interesting question to me would be, and it's probably unanswerable outside of UPG, would be the motivations of providing worship to her. Would it be something done near the end of life, or actually at a time when someone knew they were going to die?

      Or, would her worship be more aligned with something done at varying moments throughout life, particularly amongst those who were initiates of the Orphic mysteries, or prior to entering battle, or undertaking other life-threatening tasks.

      Good luck, I'll keep searching, as well.
      Disclaimer: anything I say on here, unless credited otherwise, is UPG (Univerifiable Personal Gnosis), not intended to be my attempt to force my beliefs on anyone. If you disagree, feel free, but please do so respectfully.

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      • #4
        I am examing the other deities that were popular in Byzantium to see if there is a possible link. I have seen the name
        Apollo Zeuxippus mentioned, but have not found it's meaning yet.

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