Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Goddess Adeona a/k/a Abeona

I'd never heard of this Goddess! I came across her name tonight under a search for "goddess news" in a service that offers to track down your stolen laptop computer, LOL! Well, no laughing matter to someone who has had a laptop stolen.

The ad said Adeona was named after the Roman goddess credited with guiding children back to their parents.

So, I thought I'd do some digging about to see if I could find out more about her.

According to the Encyclopedia Mythica, in a brief entry by Micha F. Lindemans: The Roman goddess who guides the child back home, after it has left the parental house for the first time.

Not very informative. Then I found this intriguing tidbit at Wikipedia: 145 Adeona is a rather large Main belt asteroid. Its surface is very dark, and composition likely of primitive carbonaceous material. The Adeona family of asteroids is named after it. It was discovered by C. H. F. Peters on June 3, 1875 in Clinton, New York and named after Abeona, a protector of children in Roman mythology.

So, the goddess is also called Abeona? She is also called Adiona according to this entry from "The Obscure Goddess Online Directory" (goddess, I just love the internet!):

Adiona is the Roman Goddess of Safe Return. Like Abeona, She is sometimes considered an aspect of Juno; They both protect children, like Juno, who as the Roman Goddess of Mothers is especially concerned with the young. Together Adiona and Abeona teach the young child to walk and watch over her or his first steps; this theme of protecting the first steps of a child also extends to their protection of grown children who move away from home for the first time. Adiona's name comes from the Latin verb adeo, "to approach or visit" as well as "to take possession of one's inheritance"; perhaps the connection between these two meanings lies in the idea of "to come home again". Adiona is believed to watch over children as they go to and from school, and to especially preside over bringing them home safely. She is also said to protect travellers. Though it might look it, Her name is not related to the Spanish adios, "goodbye", which means "go with God". Alternate spelling: Adeona

Abeona is specifically a Goddess of Partings: She is usually mentioned with Adiona, who is in charge of returning the child home safely.

Her name is not related to Spanish 'adios?' Really? So the experts say. But I've formed my own personal opinion on the subject, and I'll never again hear the word "Adios" without thinking of this Goddess who is in charge of guiding the footsteps of grown children home safely once again. After all, my Webster's says that 'adios,' from Latin root words a (from ad) and Deus (God) is "used to express farewell." Notice what this Webster's Dictionary definition does not say: it does not say this means "go with God." Ha!

I understand that vayo con dios mean "go with God," too. Well, they could mean the same thing, but common sense tells me that adios is the older usage that got co-opted by the patriarchy with its original meaning being erased over time, a mother goddess guiding the steps of her grown children back home once again.

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