Mythology & Beliefs: Lucina
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Lucina was a Roman goddess of childbirth; identified with Juno.
Lucina in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
the goddess of light, or rather the goddess that brings to
light, and hence the goddess that presides over the birth of
children; it was therefore used as a surname of Juno and
Diana, and the two are sometimes called Lucinae. (Varro, de
Ling. Lat. 5.69; Catull. 34.13; Horat. Carm. Saec. 14, &c.;
Ov. Fast. 2.441, &c., 6.39; Tib. 3.4. 13.) When women of rank
gave birth to a son, a lectisterniumn was prepared for Juno
Lucina in the atrium of the house. (Serv. and Philarg. ad
Virg. Eclog. 4.63.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman
biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Lucina in Wikipedia
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Lucina was the goddess of
childbirth. She safeguarded the lives of women in labour.
Later, Lucina was an epithet for Juno. The name was generally
taken to have the sense of "she who brings children into the
light" (Latin: lux "light"), but may actually have been
derived from lucus ("grove") after a sacred grove of lotus
trees on the Esquiline Hill associated with the goddess. The
asteroid 146 Lucina is named after the goddess.
Lucina was chief among a number of deities who influenced or
guided every aspect of birth and child development, such as
Vagitanus, who opened the newborn's mouth to cry, and
Fabulinus, who enabled the child's first articulate speech.
Among other minor deities within this sphere of influence were
the Di nixi, Alemonia, Partula, Prorsa Postverta, Levana,
Cunina, Rumina, Potina, Edusa, Sentia, Statanus, Abeona, and
Paventia. - Wikipedia
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