Lamassu: protective deities in the art and mythology of the ancient Middle East. Hybrid creatures, they combine the body of a bull or lion, symbolising strength, the wings of an eagle, symbolising freedom and speed, and the head of a human, symbolising high intelligence. Lamassu are found as colossal statues in the ruins of Babylonian and Assyrian cities where they were gateway guardians to the entrances of royal palaces.
“Lada is the Slavic Goddess of spring, love, and beauty. She was worshipped throughout Russia, Poland, and other areas of Eastern Europe. She is usually depicted as a young woman with long blonde hair. She carries wild roses, and is also known as the ‘Lady of the Flowers’. As Goddess of spring, Lada is associated with love and fertility in both humans and animals. She is said to return from the underworld every year at the Vernal Equinox, bringing the spring with Her.”
Schelte Adamsz Bolswert, Christ standing on top of Death and a dragon, 17th century
Petrus Christus. The Last Judgment. 1452. detail of lower half
Santa Maria del Soccorso (Detail), fresco by Domenico di Zanobi, Florence; 1475-1485.
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Selene was the titan goddess and the divine personification of the Moon. She was a daughter of Hyperion, the titan of light, and the sister of Eos and Helios, correspondingly the titans of dawn and the Sun. Selene’s dearest lover was Endymion, who was granted eternal youth and immortality on the condition of spending his life asleep. Selene visited him every night and the couple had many children, the most notable of whom were the Menai, the goddesses of the lunar months.